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Real Grammar, by the Macmillan Dictionary

In LEARNING STRATEGIES & TOOLS, VIDEO on March 27, 2015 at 8:58 am

Everyone has an opinion about grammar. Some people get upset about what they regard as bad grammar, and believe we must all ‘follow the rules’. But where do these rules come from? And are they all valid?

In this new feature, Real Grammar, Macmillan Dictionary offers a series of videos and blog posts about grammar questions, such as split infinitives, who vs. whom, dependent prepositions, etc. There are 8 videos so far, with the Dictionary’s Editor-in-Chief, Michael Rundell, each accompanied by a blog post. There’s also a quiz you can do to check your ‘real grammar’ knowledge.

The introductory video (above) discusses the two approaches to grammar – prescriptivism and descriptivism, and explains how analysing corpora is a more reliable way of finding out how the language is really used.

Keep an eye on Macmillan Dictionary’s YouTube page for new videos coming soon!

If you’re interested in ‘real grammar’, follow the hashtag #realgrammar for more information.

For more information about ‘real grammar’, follow the prescriptivism and real grammar series on the Macmillan Dictionary Blog.

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Learn English: monthly topic Macmillan Dictionary

In VOCABULARY on January 20, 2014 at 4:41 pm

A vocabulary resource from the Macmillan Dictionary blog, with posts focusing on a particular topic each month. So far there’s been sports English, holiday English, travel English, family English and culture English.

Here’s a quick overview of what you can expect to get from a week’s worth of topic content:

A red word a weekred words form the core vocabulary of the English language. There are around 7500 red words in the Macmillan Dictionary and these are the words that are vital to know because they are the most commonly used.
An example red word from October: elder

A black word a week – black words form the rest of the dictionary and are the thousands of other words in English that are less common and therefore fall outside of the core vocabulary.
An example black word from October: extended family

A phrase (or phrasal verb) a week – a phrase is a group of words that are used together in a fixed expression. A phrasal verb combines a verb and an adverb or preposition.
An example phrase from this month: cut the cord

A relevant list of synonyms and related words from the thesaurus – the thesaurus is a great place to get lost in for a while if you are studying English.
Example thesaurus content from October was a list of words used to describe babies and included words like bouncing, fussy and cranky.

Bonus content – this can include relevant BuzzWords, Open Dictionary entries, collocations, usage notes and more.
Example bonus share from October: the BuzzWord family balancing

Learn English through our monthly topic | Macmillan.