Many people are hesitant to learn grammar because it contains a lot of complicated rules and can be rather dull. But if you remember why it’s important to learn the basics of grammar, you can have fun learning about it. So why is grammar so important? Here are a few reasons:
1. Mistakes Could Be Disastrous
For the most part, when you make a grammatical mistake, no one will say anything (or even notice). But if you’re sending a very important text or email, explaining why you’re late to work or even describing allergies to your doctor, grammar is vital. For example, look at how tenses completely change the meaning of the sentence:
“I have a very serious nut allergy.” VS “I had a very serious nut allergy.”
If someone thought you had a serious nut allergy, they might put you at risk thinking it’s no longer a problem. Watch those tenses!
2. Story Telling
If your grammar is limited, sometimes your stories can have limited meanings as well. Grammar allows you to change the time, place or action of a sentence, even if you have a limited vocabulary. For example, look at these sentences and see how they could tell so many different stories:
(a) “I swim.”
(b) “I was swimming yesterday.”
(c) “I have been swimming a lot lately.”
(d) “I will swim soon.”
Notice how these sentences are relatively simple, but each sentence could tell a different story. For example, the second sentence might suggest that the person regularly swims, whereas the last sentence might suggest a person who is scared to swim. With four different verb forms, you can completely change the idea of a story or sentence.
3. Better Conversations
Although most people will be very kind to you when you’re learning a language, people will be more willing to have fluent conversations with you if they understand what you’re saying. Good grammar will help with fluid conversations, helpful information, nice conversations or even starting new friendships.
4. Better Understanding & Confidence
When you learn about basic grammar rules, it helps you have a better understanding of the English language. You will understand why words are spelled a certain way, and why sentences are formed the way they are. When you have a better understanding, you’ll likely have better grammar – both written, and oral. This will give you more confidence in your English skills. You will feel more comfortable speaking in front of others and engaging in English conversations.
Learning grammar is an important part of the English language. Although it may not be the most exciting part of the learning a language, it’s important to do so. By studying English grammar, you will quickly get to the level of English you’re aiming for!