Don’t be Grammar-phobic
By: Muslim Shafi
All of us have surely overheard or heard the cliché and well quoted line that “things are never perfect in education”, but quest and curiosity are two phenomenal weapons which can wide open the door of beautification that sum up our learning process. On the contrary, there is another well-famous buzz word that “perfection is not reachable, but, if, we chase perfection! Then, surely we can catch excellence”. In addition to the lines it is very much obvious that education postulates to be chased or educatees are supposed to travel along the books and others sources of learning as the sun follows the solar system each day without the approval of living substances!
Every day we get in touch with negotiations, such as, friends discussing that some folks or students are God gifted or they work like the devil to reach their destination! But have my comrades ever thought about that they have a well-arranged timing with crystal clear strategic methods?
Well, the answer is no!
As the line follows;
They do, we discuss,
We waste, they save,
They write, we ride,
We gossip, they read,
They decide, we intend, and etc.
However, it is a prolong topic to be discussed within all numbers of it! And Insha’Allah will be kept the table of our future writings.
In my previous shorthand I clarified the commonly confusable words and their appropriate terminologies, and in this section writing a few other Basic English grammar words under discussion, which for my money would boost up our initial learning concerning English language or grammar and no mistake these are the best ones for new comers in the world of this English format where English is thought to be the iconic, scientific, literary and more importantly the language of jobism!!!!
As being a schoolboy of English language I had umpteen miseries that how to ameliorate my spelling power and the comprehension of mainstream language of English, one day got back to consult the World Wide Web and I nosed around “what is an alphabet? This took me calm down! After poring over the quick facts about alphabet, I was undergrounded in shock that I was the exemplary of frog! who in the well thinks that I am in an utopia….Anyhow, that search provided a platform to get going with English, even though, mess with it!
Furthermore, let’s “tumain bee lay doobain ………
Script: A style of writing or a formation of letters in which a Language is written.
And examples are ABC I mean easy;
A.B.C.D.E.F.G.H to Z.
I have seen or met people saying that I am texting my friends in Balochi English, well, that does not make any sense at all, actually one means to say that he or she is writing “Balochi” in Roman script, as given examples below clarifies;
Tho kuja a?
Tai name k?
Mana pa tho zaheerkan! Etc.
In the above sentences the language is Balochi, but the script is Roman. Or, if, we write in Urdu, so, the examples are;
App ka name kya hai?
Wo hamsha muskarati hai.
Zindgi ek soda hai. Etc.
Now surely you understood that in these above sentences the Language is Urdu, but the script is Roman.
English language itself does not have any script, it also written in Roman script. And now for my money there is need to give examples of it. About 100 languages rely on the Roman alphabet. Used by roughly two billion people, it’s the world’s most popular script. As David Sacks notes in Letter Perfect (2004)
Alphabet; a set characters representing sounds or symbols representing sounds with each letter itself having no meaning.
e.g. a.b.c.d.e.f.g.h. i. j. k. l. m. n. o. p. q. r. s. t. u. v. w. x.y.z
Origin of the word alphabet:
The English word alphabet comes to us, by way of Latin, from the names of the first two letters of the Greek alphabet, alpha and beta. These Greek words were in turn derived from the original Semitic names for the symbols: aleph (“ox”) and beth (“house”).
Letters and alphabet are thought to be same, but some linguistic and a plateful people differentiate between them, as they say a, e, i, o, u are letters and while A to Z are alphabet. Means each letter alone is a letter and all of the other letters are called alphabet.
Sentence that contains all 26 letters of the alphabet: a sentence that uses all letters would be called a Pangram.
And the famous example is “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” And Pangrams are many in number go online and check for those ones.
Text that deliberately excludes a particular letter of the alphabet:
That is a lipogram. The best known example in English is Ernest Vincent Wright’s novel; Champion of Youth (1939)—a story of more than 50,000 words in which the letter ”E” never appears.
A letter, symbol, or sign used to represent a word or phrase.
E.g. & % @ £. I & you. 100% etc.
Digraph: Two letters representing one sound.
E.g. ch, gh, ph, sh, th, ea, ei, ie and ps etc. Or Chalk, ship, and rough in these words digraphs are underlined and digraphs can be double vowels.
Diphthong: Two vowels sound in a word or two vowels, when combine to make a certain sound and not necessarily the sound of either vowel present.
E.g. Weed Seed, meat, and hood etc.
Consonant Cluster: Combination of two more consonants, but all of them being read or pronounced, or, simply a consonant cluster in a word is a group of consonants with no vowels between them.
E.g. cl, pl, gl, ft and fl etc. Fly, class, and glass, in these words consonant clusters are underlined.
This is it for this section of writing and hopes that the above mentioned grammatical terms or words would help my supple hearted friends and gladden readers. And if, you have any doubt or confusion reach me at the below given address.