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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,clausesandsentenceswith the use of morphemesandwords.Thegrammar of any language is commonly approached in two different ways: A
, usually based on a systematic analysis of a largetext corpusand describinggrammatical structures thereupon; and a
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 manydialects of Englishhave divergences from thegrammar 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.