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Grammar study; function or nomeclature?

¿Función o nomenclatura? ¡Esa es la pregunta!


According to the Cambridge Advanced Learner´s DictionaryGrammar is the study or use of the rules about how words change their form and combine with other words to make sentences.


The first thing you have to know is how to deal with grammar, in other words; how you are going to analyze words in a sentence. For this matter, there are two…


Ways to analyze grammar:


a)      According to nomenclature, this is considering the word just by itself.

b)      According to function, that is considering  the role of the word in the sentence or idea.

Let´s say, if somebody asks you what the grammatical role of the word PLAY is, you would say, it is a VERB. Because that is the first idea that comes to your mind.

But considering that words have different shades of meaning (uses or applications) and you were to analyze the sentence; WE WENT TO THE THEATER AND ENJOYED A BEAUTIFUL PLAY. Then,  you would say that the word PLAY is a NOUN in this sentence.

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Oxford Grammar Book

Richmond Grammar for Kids

Richmond Grammar for Kids

Essential Grammar in Use, Cambridge

Mac Millan Grammar in Use

This was a contribution by: Teacher Miroslav Alvarado

Teacher Miroslav Alvarado, Cambridge Certified