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Word Example of - grammar

    Example Sentences for grammar

    The use of the pronoun, the disuse of the grammar pulled him up short.

    For instance, at Grammar School, one no longer speaks of boys in undertones.

    I want to explain to you that the little girl had not begun with grammar.

    They'd had wonderful times together, from grammar school on.

    What is meant by the reducing of a speech to a grammatical form, or to grammar, is not very clear.

    If I only could get to the head of the grammar class just once, they might treat me better.

    For this purpose he wrote a Greek and a Latin grammar, which were used in the schools until the beginning of the last century.

    He wrote a Greek grammar for boys when himself but a boy of sixteen.

    In the first, grammar was taught, as is commonly now done in schools.

    If you could see his grammar, it is a perfect curiosity of dog's ears.

Word Origin & History of - grammar

    Word Origin & History

    grammar late 12c., gramarye, from O.Fr. grammaire "learning," especially Latin and philology, from L. grammatica, from Gk. grammatike tekhne "art of letters," with a sense of both philology and literature in the broadest sense, from gramma "letter," from stem of graphein "to draw or write." Restriction to "rules of language" is a post-classical development, but as this type of study was until 16c. limited to Latin, M.E. gramarye also came to mean "learning in general, knowledge peculiar to the learned classes" (early 14c.), which included astrology and magic; hence the secondary meaning of "occult ...knowledge" (late 15c.), which evolved in Scottish into glamour (q.v.). A grammar school (late 14c.) was originally "a school in which the learned languages are grammatically taught" [Johnson, who also has grammaticaster "a mean verbal pedant"]. In U.S. (1860) the term was put to use in the graded system for "a school between primary and secondary, where English grammar is taught."