It is important for English learners to learn grammar because of several reasons. Firstly, the English Language is like no other languages. There are many grammar rules to observe. If a learner does not learn the rules, it would be like driving without learning traffic rules. If you do so, you are bound to break the rules and get tickets or have accidents. You may even risk your life.
Of course, if you do not learn the grammar rules, you will not likely have accidents or risk your life. But, if you wish to write and speak good English, it is advisable to learn grammar and apply it when writing and speaking English.
There are many disadvantages if you do not learn grammar. For instance, you will not know what tense to use for a particular situation. What tense do we use for an action that happens often, or regularly? We use the simple present tense. When do we use the simple past tense? We use it for a past action and the time it happened is usually included.
Look at this sentence:
I did not went to the post office yesterday.
The sentence is in the simple past. Is there anything wrong with it? If you know grammar rules, you will know that the sentence is grammatically incorrect. That is because after the auxiliary verb ‘did’, the base form of a verb should be used, in spite of the fact that the sentence is in the simple past. So, the grammatically correct sentence should be:
I did not go to the post office yesterday.
How do we use the verbs ‘have’, ‘has’ and ‘had’? What about ‘do’, ‘does’ and ‘did’? When do we use ‘who’, ‘whom’, ‘whose’ and ‘which’? You can get the answers to all these questions through learning grammar.
When you know English grammar well, you are able to communicate effectively and with confidence in the language. You are also bound to leave a good impression on the people that you communicate with.
If you know the rules of English grammar well, it helps you not only in writing but speaking as well. The reason is that all of these are interrelated. Therefore, it is not likely that a person who speaks flawless English writes very bad essays. The opposite is also true. There is not much difference between spoken English grammar and written English grammar. The main difference is that, in spoken English, more contractions are used. Some examples of English contractions include “I’m” (the contraction of ‘I am’), “she’s been” (the contraction of ‘she has been’), “I’ll be” (the contraction of ‘I will be’), etc. In spoken English, when we answer a question, we also tend to give a short reply if we can. I will blog about speaking good English (among some other topics) later.
It is quite impossible for a learner to write good essays or reports and speak good English with little understanding of the grammar rules.
If an English learner has a wide knowledge and a clear understanding of the grammar rules, does it guarantee that he or she will definitely be able to speak and write good English? In my opinion, the answer to this question is ‘no’ – it does not necessarily guarantee so. In other words, having a wide knowledge of the English grammar rules is not the only requirement if a learner wishes to have a good English command. There are some other requirements. For example, having an extensive knowledge of how English sentences are formed. How do learners master the correct sentence structure? That is what I am going to talk about in my next blog. So, be sure to follow it to get more tips on how to master the English Language.