Why I choose English

Topics: Linguistics, Syntax, Noun Pages: 2 (430 words) Published: October 22, 2013
I chose English because I was interested in it since I was in primary school. I always hoped to score A’s in English. In order to improve my English, my mother started to speak English with me since I was six years old. My English improved as I spoke more and more.

Before I attended Structure and Grammar of English 1, I thought that Grammar was as easy as what I had learnt during primary and secondary schools. After I attended the first class, I knew that I had much more things to cope with. I had learnt formal words and informal words. Formal words are insert, remove, inform and so on. Informal words are put, take out, tell and so on. They have exactly the same meaning but formal words are for formal situations and informal words are for informal situations. Next, I was always confused with both ‘borrow’ and ‘lend’. Luckily Miss Cheng taught us that during first lecture. Borrow is to get something from someone and lend is to give something to someone.

Furthermore, Miss Cheng’s Grammar class keeps me alert. She loves to throw several questions at us while she was teaching. Sometimes, it scares me because I did not know how to answer her questions. I cannot deny that it was an effective way of teaching. It made me remember things easily.

Before that, I never knew that Grammar has descriptive and prescriptive rules. Now, I understand what it means. A descriptive rule is based on the way a language actually is and not how people think it should be. The most common way of expressing future meaning is with will is an example of descriptive grammar. A prescriptive rule is referring to the structure of a language as certain people think it should be used. For example, do not end a sentence with preposition.

Besides that, sentences are made with different parts of speech. There are eight parts of speech such as nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions and interjections. These eight parts of speech will make the sentences go...
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