Were you taught grammar in elementary school, middle school, or high school? (I wasn't.)
If not, what have you done to remedy that? (Make sure you're getting our free email lessons.)
Today, I want to share part of an email that I received from a reader named Joe.
I am a 54-year-old financial planner, and I have college degrees in accounting and history. I was taught almost no grammar in high school or college.
When my mother complained that we were not being taught grammar in our high school English classes, she was told that we should have already been taught grammar by then.
Several months ago, I asked my wife how to use "affect" and "effect." She told me "affect" was a verb, and "effect" was a noun.
That answer did not help me one bit.
Does Joe's story sound familiar to you?
If I were sitting next to you right now, could you tell me the difference between a verb and a noun?
Joe went on to say that he has become an avid grammar student and he is using sentence diagramming to help his understanding. He noticed a gap in his knowledge and took responsibility for it. He took action and began learning on his own. I find that inspiring!
If you can relate to Joe's story and you'd like to learn grammar, I'll show you five steps you can take right now to get a better understanding of grammar.
If you are confused about grammar, what are you waiting for? It's your time to learn!
If you're insecure about grammar or writing, I urge you to spend some time learning. You're smart. You can do it!
Follow These Steps For Learning Grammar, And You'll Become A Grammar Pro
Step 1. Learn the Parts of Speech
Every single word can be categorized into one of eight word groups, or parts of speech.
If Joe had known the parts of speech, he could have benefited from his wife's answer.
Understanding the parts of speech is the first step towards learning grammar.
It's great to understand all of the word categories, but the magic happens when we start to put words together.
That's why the second step for learning grammar is to learn more about sentences!
Sentences are nice little packages of words that come together to express one complete thought.
All complete sentences contain a subject (someone or something) and a verb (an action or a state of being). Basically, all sentences boil down to this:
Someone or something doing or being something
Yes, you use sentences all day long, but do you really understand what they are?
You can learn grammar and sentence diagramming by going through the information on this website. Use the steps and links above, and you'll be on your way!
If you want a more systematic and interactive approach for learning grammar, I invite you to learn about the Get Smart program. Get Smart goes through all of the topics listed above (and more) and gives you exercises and quizzes to test yourself along the way. The lessons are broken down into manageable chunks, and all you need to do is go through the lessons in order.
I have to tell you how much I love your product [Get Smart]. I have struggled with understanding grammar my whole life, and I felt like I was stupid because I could not memorize the rules.
I was seriously leaning towards walking away from my dream job as a college professor because of my embarrassment and fear of getting caught as being a fraud! Thank God for you! I have confidence, and I actually love grammar now. Thank you for everything!
- Carly, College Professor
If you'd like to learn more about the Get Smart program, go to the Get Smart page.
The Beginner's Guide to Grammar gives you a fun and visual way to get started with grammar and sentence diagramming. Yay!