No Grammar in Conversation?


(A posting on a special note; by one NEB)

One of my colleagues says she’s afraid of making mistakes in grammar while having a conversation. I say to her the following, giving her 5 important lessons based on some points in an article here http://nasbat-english.com/2011/01/bercakap-cakap-tanpa-grammar/

1. Lesson 1: In conversation grammar is reduced and simplified; those who don’t know about this think that this way conversation has no grammar.
e.g.
‘If not yet, continue’ instead of ‘If you’re not yet finished, you can continue’

2. Lesson 2: In conversation sounds are linked; and linked sounds don’t constitute forms that make up grammar.
e.g.
/k3mAnin Amweidin/ instead of /kAm on in Ai em weiting/ for ‘Come on in; I am waiting’

3. Lesson 3: In conversation meaning is No. 1; and meaning goes way beyond forms that constitute grammar; it’s made context-based.
e.g.
‘Was’ instead of ‘Yes, I was married’ as a response to the question ‘Are you married?’

4. Lesson 4: You use what’s in lessons 1, 2, and 3 deliberately, not indiscriminately; that’s why some learning may be necessary.

5. Lesson 5: You got me to teach you all that 😉

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