What is Grammar

Some definitions: What is Grammar?

There are several ways of expressing the ideas or thoughts we have in our minds.  We can make signs, we can carve images, we can paint forms, we can utter cries, we can speak words, and we can write words.  The use of words to express our thought is called language.

We found several definitions that we copy below:

Language is the expression of thought in words.

When we speak out thought in words, we use oral language.  When we write our thoughts in words, we use written language.  Since we desire to express out thoughts correctly and according to the usage of the best speakers and of the best writers, we have made a science of correct language.  It is called Grammar.

Grammar is the science that teaches the correct forms of oral and written language. 

English Grammar is the science that teaches the correct forms of English language.

Source: Elements of English Grammar by Lawton Bryan Evans


What is Grammar?

Grammar is the science of language and the art of using it.

Science is knowledge reduced to a system.

Art is knowledge reduced to practice.

Rules of art are based on the principles of science.

Source: A digest of English Grammar, Synthetical and Analytical, Classified and Methodically arranged by L.T. Covell


Definition of English Grammar:

  1. The word Grammar is derived from the Greek word “grammatik” a letter. English Grammar is the art of speaking and writing the English language correctly, according to the established rules.
  2. The rules of English Grammar are formed and determined by the customary usage of the best speakers and writers.
  3. English Grammar is usually separated into four great divisions: – Orthography, Etymology, Syntax and Prosody.

Source: The Intellectual Grammar; Orthography, etymology, syntax and prosody by William Martin.


English Grammar may be defined as a description of those usages of the English language which are now approved by the best writers and speakers.

Source: An English grammar for the higher grades in grammar schools

By William Dwight Whitney, Sara Elizabeth Husted Lockwoo

March 23, 2015