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English Grammar

English Grammar

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It has been suggested that this article besplitinto multiple articles. (Discuss)
English grammar
is here understood as the body of rules describing the properties of theEnglish language. A language is such that its elements must be combined according tocertain patterns. This article is concerned with (and restricted to)morphology, the building blocks of language, andsyntax,the construction of meaningful phrases,clauses  and sentences with the use of morphemes andwords. Thegrammar of any language is commonly approached in two different ways: A
descriptivist 
, usually based on a systematic analysis of a large text corpusand describing grammatical structures thereupon; and a
 prescriptivist 
, which attempts to use theidentified rules of a given language as a tool to govern the linguistic behaviour of speakers (seeLinguistic prescriptionandDescriptive linguistics). Prescriptive grammar  concerns itself with several opendisputes in English grammar , often representingchanges in usage over time.
 
There are a number of historical, social and regional variations of the English language.For example,British EnglishandAmerican Englishhave severallexicaldifferences; however, the grammatical differences are not equally conspicuous, and will be mentionedonly when appropriate. Further, the many dialects of Englishhave divergences from the grammar described here; they are only cursorily mentioned. This article describes ageneralized present-dayStandard English, the form of speech found in types of publicdiscourse including broadcasting, education, entertainment, government, and newsreporting. Standard English includes both formal and informal speech.
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