What is traditional prescriptive grammar?
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Keeping this in view, what is meant by prescriptive grammar?
A prescriptive grammar is a set of rules about language based on how people think language should be used. It can be compared with a descriptive grammar, which is a set of rules based on how language is actually used. A prescriptive grammar would reject 'He goes', meaning 'He said', as incorrect language.
Additionally, what is meant by traditional grammar? A traditional grammar is a framework for the description of the structure of a language. Traditional Western grammars generally classify words into parts of speech. They describe the patterns for word inflection, and the rules of syntax by which those words are combined into sentences.
Simply so, what is the difference between descriptive and prescriptive grammar?
The main difference between descriptive and prescriptive grammar is that the descriptive grammar describes how the language is used whereas the prescriptive grammar explains how the language should be used by the speakers.
Why prescriptive grammar is important?
I'd argue that prescriptive grammar is important to teach so that English language learners can make the effort to use standard English when other variations are not suitable. English language learners should understand this. Our job as teachers is not just to teach correct English but also appropriate English.