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Are there any rules in English?

Asked by Flutherings (41points) August 22nd, 2009

Grammar, spelling, syntax, pronunciation, etc.
Not just guild lines.

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scamp's avatar

Yes. I’ve posted an example for you here
Spelling is also important.

Welcome to Fluther. The grammar police will be here soon to assist you.

Jack79's avatar

Of course there are, what do you mean? Do you want a list?

Note that no language in the world comes with rules. That’s something we tend to forget. Rules come later to explain how languages work to the people who are trying to learn them (especially non-native speakers). And the funny thing is that a language is a living thing, and therefore changes, and so the rules eventually have to change. With huge fights among linguists every time.

chyna's avatar

Welcome to Fluther, enjoy your stay!

Flutherings's avatar

Stephen Fry shows there are no rules really just guild lines.

SuperMouse's avatar

The first rule of English? Don’t talk about English. Oh wait, that’s Fight Club.


dpworkin's avatar

There not any are rules English in. Whatever you do please, Hard not understand is to this, right?

jrpowell's avatar

”¿ʇɥƃıɹ ‘sıɥʇ oʇ sı puɐʇsɹǝpun ʇou pɹɐɥ ’ǝsɐǝld op noʎ ɹǝʌǝʇɐɥʍ ˙uı ɥsılƃuǝ sǝlnɹ ǝɹɐ ʎuɐ ʇou ǝɹǝɥʇ” uıʞɹoʍpd ɥʇıʍ ɯ,ı

OK.. There are rules. This book points a lot of them out.

Blondesjon's avatar

@SuperMouse . . .that was so gonna be my answer. well done.

gailcalled's avatar

Αn English guild is an entirely different kettle of fish from a guilde. It is true that followers of both are craftsmen, and Guild members tend not to mix metaphors.

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Jack79's avatar

Ah ok, thought you were asking an actual question.

AstroChuck's avatar

What’s with this “English?” Theres no English. There’s never been any English.
Kind of like the Mafia.

janbb's avatar

@Jack79 I think he/she is.

@Flutherings It would be helpful if you put some details in your profile or the details part of your question so that we know if you are a non-native speaker.

There are many rules in the English language and unfortunately, there are also many exceptions to the rules. If you want to study it seriously, you will probably want to go to a bookstore and get yourself a book of English grammar and usage. There are many good ones to choose from.

scamp's avatar

Here is a list of 68 more videos to help answer your question.

gailcalled's avatar

Edit: Guild and guide.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

<——one of the members of the Fluther Grammar/Spelling Police.—:^)

gailcalled's avatar

<——-. One of his ^^ lieutenants.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

@gailcalled mega lurve for spelling lieutenant correctly.

gailcalled's avatar

@Zebra; Oh, ye of little faith. (diarrhea, psychiatry, metastasize, definitely).

Why do the Brits say _ Leftenant?_

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