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Sunday, 8 December 2013

Following the Language Rule

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I am kind of person who apparently often act myself as a grammar police in certain situation. I admit that I also speak or write grammatically incorrect many times, even much more often that when I act as the grammar police. But now I know why that kind of awareness appears on me. First because I have learned about the grammar which I corrected, and the second is the reason that yesterday I got from the explanation of my lecturer.


It is said that “A language has a set of rules that define how morphemes can be joined together to form a rule”. Don’t be too soon confused with the term ‘morpheme’ there. Morpheme is the smallest meaningful units in a language, such as ride, fair, un, dis, and etc. Morpheme is not the same with word, because there are some morphemes which can’t stand by themselves. For example: rides. 

In word ‘rides’, there are 2 morphemes: ride and s. ‘Ride’ has its own meaning, and so does ‘s’. What does ‘s’ mean here? ‘S’ is used to indicate that it’s Simple Present Tense for the third singular subject. Got it? Okay, another example: unfair. It has 2 morphemes, too. ‘Un’ and ‘fair’. ‘Un’ means not, and ‘fair’ means just or honest. Then ‘un’, ‘fair’, ‘s’, and ‘ride’ are just some examples of morphemes. If you want other examples, just keep reading this writing :p

Well now we’re back to the statement “A language has a set of rules that define how morphemes can be joined together to form a rule”. So here, when we use the wrong form of language, for example we write: “DINI’S BELONG”, or “SHE IS DRIVES THE CAR BY HERSELF”, it means we are not following the rule and it can’t be acceptable by the native speakers since they don’t have that kind of system in their language. The correct form of the first example is “BELONGS TO DINI” (for example we write it in our book), while the second one can be “SHE DRIVES THE CAR BY HERSELF” or “SHE IS DRIVING THE CAR BY HERSELF”. 

That’s why when we use the incorrect form of language, instead of using English language, we actually JUST BORROW some English words to be put to so-called our own system/rule.

Making mistakes, especially when using language, is the very common part of our life. Anyway, as a note to us *yes, I include myself to be note here* to get ourselves used in using language correctly is a correct and good habit to do, rite? ;) 

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