Learning to speak English is often a challenge, but practicing your speaking skills without worrying too much about any grammatical mistakes you make is the most important thing to remember, especially in the early stages.
Arguably, studying English grammar should be a relatively small part of your overall English studies.
Yes, it’s important, but concentrating too heavily on studying English grammar can affect your overall progress as there are just so many rules – many of them complex – to remember.
Real conversation moves too quickly to remember all the rules and worrying about them can affect your overall confidence and fluency when speaking.
Confidence and fluency is far more important
than being perfect, when learning to speak English.
That said, it’s always good to pick up a few English grammar rules as you progress and a sound knowledge of the rules is particularly important when writing in English.
With this in mind, here are 15 simple grammar rules that you can learn quickly and easily by reading the following infographic and testing your understanding by trying the quick quiz that follows.
Note: The infographic, created by renowned blogger, Brian Clark (CopyBlogger.com) is titled:
15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly. The word goof is an informal word meaning mistake.
Brian Clark believes
it’s OK to break grammar rules – SOMETIMES.
Brian Clark (copyblogger.com) believes that whilst it’s fine to sometimes break grammatical rules, it can make you look bad and hurt the effectiveness of your writing:
We’re big advocates of conversational writing that’s engaging, persuasive, and fun. So that means it’s perfectly fine to fracture the occasional stuffy grammatical rule (and many times it’s preferable).
On the other hand, making some grammatical errors just makes you look bad, and hurts your effectiveness. Sometimes we even misuse words simply because we hear others use them incorrectly.