Easy English Grammar

Easy English Grammar - Basic English is not Difficult

by Neha Smyth

The most important thing that one must know to learn a language is grammar. So it is in the case of learning English language. Grammar is the backbone of a language. Everyone can learn correct usage of English language easily. There are a few basic norms of grammar that one needs to go through in order to write correct English.

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Easy English Grammar - English the International Language

English is the key language of communication now- a-days. It’s the age of globalization and to keep oneself up-to-date with the pace of this world one must be efficient in reading, speaking and writing English. It’s the main official language accepted throughout the world. So in order to speak and write good English one must read English news papers daily and go through the magazines because school and college books are not adequate enough to learn this versatile language. Reading improvises our knowledge of grammar and enriches our vocabulary. Learning English grammar is essential to be well conversant in English too.

On Language Output and Grammar, Learning the Language System

"Language is both a knowledge set and skill set. Consequently the process of learning a language is not linear. If learners are to realistically develop the "skill" of language, they must have many opportunities to use the language. Grammar is obviously important and is best taught reactively through correction and other awareness-raising activities. Vocabulary can be taught more pro-actively with activities that both re-cycle students back through their words and also lead to an understanding of how these words are used. Additionally teachers must guide students along a path of self-study. Teachers have many responsibilities."

--Alistair Graham-Marr, an assistant professor at a university in Japan, and writer for

Abax ELT Publishers

There are a handful of easy English grammar books available on the market. The main thing one needs to do is to choose a good one amongst them and go through the grammar rules and regulations. To name a few amongst them are the grammar books by Wren & Martin, Nestfield, etc. Raymond Murphy`s English Grammar in Use is very good book and designed for the student to use without a teacher. It is suitable for intermediate level students at English schools in Japan. Basic English Grammar in Use is suitable for elementary level adults studying in Japan. It focuses on the basic grammatical structures taught in basic English classes.

To name a few other good books: One is Cambridge English Grammar by Ronald Carter, Grammar of spoken & written English by Longman, An Introduction to functional grammar by M.A.K Halliday, etc. Parts of Speech, Tense, Determiners, and Direct Indirect Speech are the basic things that one needs to learn in order to learn correct grammatical uses.

The British Council also provides different courses to learn English grammar and get command over the language. With the help of free websites and free practice material one can make an easy time of learning English grammar.

ESL Resource Books for Students and Teachers - "Just Enough English Grammar," by Gabriele Stobbe is anothergood choice and it is free for download!

Chris Zanella, one of our teachers raved about this book, so I had to see it for myself. I too feel it is a valuable resource and it is free! So I had to offer it here for other teachers and students too. Just Enough English Grammar, is a great choice for your Japanese students, studying EFL.


More for Japanese Students of English

I also simply recommend getting a grammar book from a local bookstore however. Most of the books are very good now, they have Japanese explanations, and the authors are familiar with the difficulties that Japanese experience with English.

Frankly, I feel that Japanese English teachers are better at explaining easy English grammar than a native English speaker is for Japanese. The reason being it is a very difficult thing to do if you have grown up with a language as opposed to: having studied it as a second language.

It’s easy to learn English grammar and write correctly. We need only 2000 words as part of our vocabulary. Japanese are lucky as they already know 2000 English words, as many English words are used in Japanese ie) stereo, table, etc. Knowing simple words, and where to place them correctly makes us good writers.

Scholars usually write in simple and lucid language so that it seems to be more appealing to the masses and touches their heart. We can mention a few writers in this respect, like William Sydney Potter and Anthon Chekov. They write in such a language, that the message of the stories reaches the heart of the readers easily. Even poets like Wordsworth, and Shelly write in such an unpretentious way and use such lucid language that it attracts the readers. The dictionaries provide over 50,000 words for us but we need around 2,000 words everday to read and write in English. So it’s quite easy to gain a command over the language.

Indeed basic English or Easy English Grammar is attainable for everyone! So get studying!

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Easy English Grammar - Another Recommendation - Nitty Gritty Grammar

"Despite its rather unorthodox title, Nitty Gritty Grammar [1] is a very traditional grammar book. The secondary title goes a long way to clarifying its underlying rationale: Sentence Essentials for Writers. At first glance it is not clear just whom the book is for. According to the blurb, the book’s intended audience is “developing writers” but it does not specify age or level. The kind of writing in question is envisaged as “academic” (e.g., p. ix), although this label is from a general perspective, not in the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) sense. The points covered are fairly basic. While there is some treatment of style, for example contractions are discouraged [2] , there is no discussion of other academic, i.e., formal considerations. Looking at the topics covered leads me to suggest that the book is aimed at 16+ LEP (Limited English Proficiency) students in community colleges."


--TESL-ej.org