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English grammar in context
What are the differences between spoken and written English? Is use of grammar more or...
What are the differences between spoken and written English? Is use of grammar more or less complex than it appears? This free course, English grammar in context, looks at the way grammar can be used as a tool for adapting our communications (both written and spoken). This OpenLearn course will help you to see how language is intertwined with both describing a view of the world and interacting with others in that world.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- Understand the differences between spoken and written English;
- Understand the factors that influence use of grammar and vocabulary in speech and writing;
- Understand the different ways in which grammar has been described.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Why study grammar?
- 2 Developments in grammatical description
- 3 Grammar and contextual variation
- Keep on learning
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English grammar in context
Some people think that the difference between speech and writing is that people use longer words in writing. In some writing this is true, but there are also significant differences, many of which are grammatical. In this free course, English Grammar in context, you will develop knowledge and understanding of the differences between spoken and written English, factors that influence our use of grammar and vocabulary in speech and writing, and different ways in which grammar has been described.
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Originally published: Tuesday, 29th September 2015
Last updated on: Tuesday, 29th September 2015
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