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How to learn grammar – any grammar

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English Grammar is frustrating to remember because there are so many rules -- and so many exceptions to the rules When you learn a new grammar point it is very important to remember two things the how we use it and why we use it I will teach you what you need to remember and give you lots of examples so that you can use your time effectively and learn ANY grammar point

Take the quiz here Do you have to learn grammar I have to learn grammar sometimes Im a grammar teacher And I know grammar is really really difficult sometimes And it just makes you want to scream pull your hair out freak out and cry sometimes I hate grammar The reason why grammar is so difficult is because its confusing you have to remember so many rules and then there are exceptions to these so many rules and its just really confusing and its very different from your native language or languages depending on how many you speak So really really easy really effective method to learn any grammar ever in the world So todays lesson is how to learn remember and use any grammar that is on a test whether youre taking TOEFL or TOEIC or IELTS or Cambridge -- anything that you have to remember grammar for this is going to be a godsend for you Its going to help you so much Great So lets get into it

First one you have two points to remember Thats it Two Done The first one is the structure You have to remember and know how the grammar is made Okay The second point is how or why do we use this Why do I need to learn this stupid grammar Am I ever going to use it in real life Why would I say this Why do I need present perfect Why cant I just use simple past Why do I need continuous Why do I need passive These are the questions you have to ask two people one your teacher and two yourself If you are teaching English and you dont know structure and more importantly how and why youve got some homework to do

People -- students have asked me Teacher why I dont know Just say to them I dont know Go look it up Do some research Find the answer The best thing is to find your own answer if you have to do this So lets dive into this

First of all when I say structure I mean how do you make the grammar How do you make the sentence So if I give you the example of present continuous this is the name of the grammar If you just remember the name of the grammar its useless So it comes to the test and it says Write a present continuous sentence Hes like Uh I know present continuous How do you make it

So the way that I always remember grammar is I always like to use a subject Now if you want to replace the word subject with any other word like [random sounds] or dog thats cool But I like to use subject as my beginning

Then for present continuous its going to be to be verb But instead of just writing to be verb it really really helps you if you write out the different forms of the to be verb So for example I am he is we are Okay

The second thing -- sorry The last thing in the present continuous that makes the verb continuous is youre going to have the -ing So the structure or the form that I like to use for the present continuous is subject am is are verb ing The present continuous also has another name which is present progressive Theyre exactly the same grammar point The usages are the same But its just a different word for it Dont worry Its cool Dont worry about it

So next step -- weve got the structure Next step very important how or why do I use this Why do I need to use this grammar Why do I need to learn this grammar You need to learn it because its on your test But as soon as the test is finished why would I use this How would I say this in my life Answer -- actions you are doing now What are you doing right now Are you watching a video I think you are So maybe youre watching a video Maybe youre eating something Maybe youre brushing your teeth I cant see you You can see me What are you doing Ah Okay Good So present continuous as an example structure how and why

Another really really good thing to do is to write down as many examples as you can Its always good to practice the grammar written Also talk Speak Get a video recorder and talk into it -- or tape recorder digital recorder Listen to yourself saying the new grammar sentences It will help you remember if you play it back