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Grammer vs. Grammar

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Many words in English have multiple spellings. In some cases, however, a deviation is an error, and nothing else. Children learning English in school are exposed to formal grammar lessons at an early age, and they learn the language’s complexities as they progress through the educational system. Yet, many writers are unsure of the correct spelling of the word grammar. This uncertainty leads to embarrassing mistakes. To be fair, however, Grammer is also a word used in English that does have appropriate usage cases. None of them have anything to do with grammar, though.

Consider the sentences below:

Children develop the capacity to understand complex grammar before they can produce grammatically complex utterances themselves.

Kelsey Grammer travelled to Grammer, Indiana, to find out if anyone lives there.

Which of these sentence is wrong? None! They are both correct. If you are still confused, we suggest you keep reading.

Origin:

Grammar originated from late Middle English: from Old French gramaire, via Latin from Greek grammatikē (tekhnē) ‘(art) of letters’, from gramma, grammat- ‘letter of the alphabet, thing written’.

Grammar as noun:

In English, the word grammar is used as a noun which means the whole system and structure of a language or of languages in general, usually taken as consisting of syntax and morphology (including inflections) and sometimes also phonology and semantics.

A particular analysis of the system and structure of language or of a specific language is also called grammar.

His English grammar is pathetic.

The basic elements of an area of knowledge or skill is also referred to as grammar.

She knows the grammar of wine.

Grammer as noun:

Grammer is a proper noun. It is not to be used in any other context.

Kelsey Grammer, for instance, is an American actor famous for playing Frasier Crane in the TV sitcoms Cheers and its spinoff, Frasier. Grammer is also the name of a small community in Rock Creek, Indiana, USA.

Examples:

It had already been established that dogs respond to human voices better than their wolf brethren, are able to match hundreds of objects to words and learn elements of grammar, and can be directed by human speech. –The Washington Post

Actor Kelsey Grammer will list his 3,076-square-foot condo in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood for $9.75 million. Mr. Grammer purchased the property for $6.4 million in 2010 through a limited-liability company, according to public records. –The Wall Street Journal

Grammar or grammer:

Is it grammar or grammer? If you misuse Grammer, you leave yourself open to criticism and weaken your writing. It’s important to get this distinction right the first time. Grammar is a set of rules about the structure of language. Grammer is a proper noun that refers to a particular American community, or the name of a person. You should only use Grammer in the above contexts. Remember that Grammer shares the letter E with Cheers, a show that made actor Kelsey Grammer famous.

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