Crossword clues for grammar
- Kind of ray
- School subject
- Language rules
- This puzzle addresses it coyly
- Grade school subject
- Translator's concern
- It's checked by many teachers
- Writing rules
- The proper rules of language usage
- Tense matter?
- Study of word forms
- Set of language rules
- Rules of English
- Language topic
- It serves a sentence
- Grade school topic
- Copyeditor's concern
- Cool Mrs Graham runs educational establishment
- What this clue ain't got?
- Elementary textbook, to Brits
- Tense subject?
- The problem with these clue?
- Case study?
- Studies of the formation of basic linguistic units
- Kind of school
- Solecist's failing
- Language textbook
- A short distance divides Greek and Arab school
- Syntax etc
- School rules
- Lightweight compiler in trouble with a bunch of pedants
- Rules of language
- Butter spread round school
- Branch of linguistics
- Branch of language study
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Grammar \Gram"mar\, n. [OE. gramere, OF. gramaire, F. grammaire Prob. fr. L. gramatica Gr ?, fem. of ? skilled in grammar, fr. ? letter. See Gramme, Graphic, and cf. Grammatical, Gramarye.]
The science which treats of the principles of language; the study of forms of speech, and their relations to one another; the art concerned with the right use and application of the rules of a language, in speaking or writing.
Note: The whole fabric of grammar rests upon the classifying of words according to their function in the sentence.
The art of speaking or writing with correctness or according to established usage; speech considered with regard to the rules of a grammar.
The original bad grammar and bad spelling.
A treatise on the principles of language; a book containing the principles and rules for correctness in speaking or writing.
treatise on the elements or principles of any science; as, a grammar of geography. Comparative grammar, the science which determines the relations of kindred languages by examining and comparing their grammatical forms. Grammar school.
A school, usually endowed, in which Latin and Greek grammar are taught, as also other studies preparatory to colleges or universities; as, the famous Rugby Grammar School. This use of the word is more common in England than in the United States.
When any town shall increase to the number of a hundred families or householders, they shall set up a grammar school, the master thereof being able to instruct youth so far as they may be fitted for the University.
--Mass. Records (1647).
In the American system of graded common schools, at one time the term referred to an intermediate school between the primary school and the high school, in which the principles of English grammar were taught; now, it is synonymous with primary school or elementary school, being the first school at which children are taught subjects required by the state educational laws. In different communities, the grammar school (primary school) may have grades 1 to 4, 1 to 6, or 1 to 8, usually together with a kindergarten. Schools between the primary school and high school are now commonly termed middle school or intermediate school.
Grammar \Gram"mar\, v. i.
To discourse according to the rules of grammar; to use
--Beau. & Fl.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
early 14c., gramarye (late 12c. in surnames), from Old French gramaire "learning," especially Latin and philology, "grammar, (magic) incantation, spells, mumbo-jumbo," "irregular semi-popular adoption" [OED] of Latin grammatica, from Greek grammatike tekhne "art of letters," with a sense of both philology and literature in the broadest sense, fem. adjective from gramma "letter," from stem of graphein "to draw or write" (see -graphy). An Old English word for it was stæfcræft (see staff (n.)).\n
\nForm grammar is from late 14c. Restriction to "rules of language" is a post-classical development, but as this type of study was until 16c. limited to Latin, Middle English gramarye also came to mean "learning in general, knowledge peculiar to the learned classes" (early 14c.), which included astrology and magic; hence the secondary meaning of "occult knowledge" (late 15c.), which evolved in Scottish into glamor (q.v.).\n
\nA grammar school (late 14c.) originally was "a school in which the learned languages are grammatically taught" [Johnson, who also has grammaticaster "a mean verbal pedant"]. In U.S. (1842) the term was put to use in the graded system for "a school between primary and secondary where English grammar is taught."
n. 1 A system of rules and principles for speaking and writing a language. 2 (context uncountable linguistics English) The study of the internal structure of words (morphology) and the use of words in the construction of phrases and sentences (syntax). 3 A book describing the rules of grammar of a language. 4 (context computing theory English) A formal system specifying the syntax of a language. 5 (context computing theory English) A formal system defining a formal language 6 The basic rules or principles of a field of knowledge or a particular skill. 7 (context British archaic English) A textbook. 8 (context UK English) A grammar school. vb. (context obsolete intransitive English) To discourse according to the rules of grammar; to use grammar.
n. studies of the formation of basic linguistic units
In linguistics, grammar is the set of structural rules governing the composition of clauses, phrases, and words in any given natural language. The term refers also to the study of such rules, and this field includes morphology, syntax, and phonology, often complemented by phonetics, semantics, and pragmatics.
- Grammar, the system of rules and principles for speaking and writing a natural language
- A grammar, a linguistic description of the morphology and syntax of a natural language
- A grammar, a style guide prescribing how to properly write and speak a natural language
- A formal grammar in mathematics, logic, and theoretical computer science: a set of production rules for character strings in a constructed formal language (e.g. a programming language)
Usage examples of "grammar".
His first question was to enquire what science I was studying, and he thought I was joking when I answered that I was learning the grammar.
She, who was happy and in high spirits, answered in Italian, and delighted them by her intelligence, and the grace which she gave to her mistakes in grammar.
Corballis speculates that bipedalism enabled early man to develop hand and facial gestures first and that speech only developed after the rules had been laid down in the brain for grammar, syntax etc.
His accent was pure third-grade grammar school, but the words were spoken in the mincing tones of the chairlady of the Wednesday Afternoon Society for the Furtherance of Music Appreciation.
Born in March 1952 and educated at Pates Grammar School for Girls in Cheltenham, she was a twenty-one-year-old third-year undergraduate at the University of Exeter, studying medieval history and English, when she encountered Frederick West.
There are hundreds of singers from Juarez, thousands of my sisters, my cousins, my aunts and the seven Chicanas who graduated with me from Riverbank Grammar School.
The Complutensian Polyglot, as it was thence named, was published in six volumes, four devoted to the Old Testament, one to the New Testament, and one to a Hebrew lexicon and grammar.
At the far end of the room, the crazy, zany lords of the copydesk were spending the last minutes of deadline gloomily searching stories for punctuation and grammar mistakes that would no doubt cheer them up.
I dreamed of field trips, collecting myths and grammars and folkways and artifacts and all that, until when I was twenty-five I finally got out into the field and started to discover I had gone into a dead science.
Moreover he praised me to his friends as a wonder, because I had learned to read Greek alone, without any assistance but a grammar.
In Vantassel, Winthrop contrived to possess himself of a Greek lexicon and a Graeca Majora, and also a Greek grammar, though the only one he could get that suited his purse was the Westminster grammar, in which the alternatives of Greek were all Latin.
I made several useful remarks on Haussa grammar, and begin to understand the genius of the language.
At the request of the Khalif Al-Mamun he drew up in two years a most elaborate work, which contained the principles of grammar, and all the pure Arabic expressions which he had heard.
He wrote besides several other works on grammar, and acted as tutor to the two sons of the Khalif Mamun.
It is full of wit, variety, and character, and is a veritable store book of the best spoken Russian of a period when the speech of the upper classes had not yet been disfigured and emasculated by schoolmastery and grammar.