Descriptive vs. Prescriptive Conventions of Grammar


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Linguists want to study the patterns of speech in an isolated rural community using a descriptive approach. Which of the following will be their aim?

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1. Which is an accurate statement about prescriptive and descriptive approaches to grammar?

2. An editor modifying the organization of words in a magazine article to make them fit with proper grammar is an example of which approach?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use these assessments to check your knowledge of prescriptive and descriptive grammar. To pass the quiz, you will need to know the difference between the two types of grammar.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following:

  • Difference between prescriptive and descriptive grammar
  • Examples of prescriptive and descriptive grammar
  • Reason(s) prescriptive grammar approach has value
  • Incorporating grammar and words of two different languages

Skills Practiced

These skills will be practiced:

  • Distinguishing Differences- compare and contrast topics from the lesson such as prescriptive and descriptive grammar
  • Information Recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding when to use descriptive or prescriptive grammar
  • Knowledge Application- use your knowledge to answer questions about examples of prescriptive and descriptive grammar

Additional Learning

Review the accompanying lesson, Descriptive vs. Prescriptive Conventions of Grammar, to learn more. Objectives covered include:

  • Know the two perspectives of grammar
  • Understand the difference between prescriptive and descriptive grammar
  • Review the value of prescriptive and descriptive grammar
  • Understand code-switching