3 Rules I knew but never knew I knew #amwriting

This is such a great refresher on grammar; I just have to share it. Reblogged from https://conniejjasperson.com

Life in the Realm of Fantasy

In English, as in other languages, certain rules of speech are learned so early on in life that they are instinctual. No matter the level of our education or the dialect we speak, we use these rules and don’t know we are doing so.

Today I have three wonderful quotes on these rules from linguist Steven Pinker, editor Stan Carey, and Tim Dowling, journalist for The Guardian.

The Jolly Green Giant rule:

The rule is that multiple adjectives are always ranked accordingly: opinion, size, age, shape, colour, origin, material, purpose. Unlike many laws of grammar or syntax, this one is virtually inviolable, even in informal speech. You simply can’t say My Greek Fat Big Wedding, or leather walking brown boots. And yet until last week, I had no idea such a rule existed. Tim Dowling, for The Guardian, Sept 13, 2016

Word order is why certain…

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    1. Hi, Connie. I apologize for this late reply. I kept looking for comments below my posts and nothing is ever there. I only discovered today (7/24/2019) that I have to look for “Comments” under the Admin list. But you are very welcome regarding the re-blog. I believe in sharing helpful information. Thank you for visiting my blog.

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