Without a doubt, grammar sucks as there are only a few people out there who really enjoy the subject, just as there are only a few people out there who enjoy body piercings. But if you are like me, you must really hate grammar too. What is it about grammar that most people are afraid of? In fact, grammar is not as dull as you might have imagined it to be.
For your writing pleasure, it probably is important to know that words can be used in so many ways. Certain words change meaning in different surroundings. Which is why people have created labels that show how words work in different surroundings; these labels are what we call parts of speech.
There are eight parts of speech: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections; all of which are important. Understanding how each part of speech works will help you to identify each part of a sentence and write clearly and effectively.
Just as a lie is the building block of a well written campaign speech so to say, it also is true that a sentence is the building block of verbal and written communication. You really can’t do anything without knowing the basics first.
Think a baby, when just born; all it knows is cry when it’s hungry, wet, or even when it’s sick. It therefore, is the caregivers’ responsibility to try to figure out what is wrong with the baby because the baby’s’ only way of communication is cry when something is not right. Of course, babies will begin to smile when they are only a few days old although this may vary. But they are also quick to get confused if you tickle them really hard. They will be trying to figure out what it is you are doing to them. As they look in your face, they will be wondering whether you want them to smile, or you are in fact pinching them for something they did wrong. Aha, but that is beside the point, or is it.
Yes, to understand anything, you will need to know the basics first, and grammar is certainly not an exception. Knowing the eight parts of speech and how they are used will make your writing a lot easier.