Ray asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 month ago

Should a proficient English writer be able to explain grammar they use?

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  • 1 month ago

    Not necessarily. Educated native-speakers internalize the concepts of the grammar in their language, making the usage automatic. That doesn't mean they're aware of the explanations of what they do.

  • 1 month ago

    No, not necessarily (although they usually do nowadays). There have been many prominent writers in the Middle Ages that didn't know much about grammar.

    • Ray1 month agoReport

      Are there any benefits to know how to explain it?

  • 1 month ago

    Hell, I can't even properly explain grammar in my native language, Dutch, even though I'm practically flawless at it. In English my mistakes tend to be merely minor. Language has never been a logical thing to me. A lot of it is obtained through having developed a certain feel for it.

    • Ray1 month agoReport

      This is what baffles me. They say if you can't explain something you don't understand it yet people use English perfectly.

  • 1 month ago

    Do you mean grandma or grammar or gamma or apple?

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