As a native speaker of a language, you learn your language in the best and most natural way. Some people are lucky enough to be brought up bi- or multi-lingual, and ironically it seems that us native English speakers are, on the one hand blessed to have been given the gift of the world’s global language as a mother tongue, but on the other hand, I am sure we are the most monolingual members of the world too.
In learning your mother tongue(s) naturally, you learn it with a set of rules that really, you are never really told or taught, you just acquire. So, as an English teacher, I often say to my students, ‘I am just a native speaker.’ Of course, in becoming a teacher I have had to go about learning my own language as a student learns, through learning the grammar rules. And, although clearly I have quite an advantage as I already know how to use the language, I still need to master the whys!
So anyway, I thought I would share a little of this grammar with you today.
I am sure at school you would have sat through some ‘exciting’ grammar lessons about the 5 basic sentence patterns in English, but perhaps I could make them a little more interesting for you as a reminder. Also, if you click on the links, new random sentences will be generated for you, thanks to manythings.org!
- Subject + Verb
The teacher teaches. I understand. We learn.
- Subject + Verb + Object
Hannah loves snowboarding. I hear a thud. She hit a tree!
- Subject + Verb + Complement
I am crazy. She became a teacher. They look surprised.
- Subject + Verb + Indirect Object + Direct Object
I give you a blog. I teach you English. You read my blog to your dog.
- Subject + Verb + Object + Complement
The teacher helps the students learn. The students find the lesson interesting. Hannah wants them to have fun.
Try and make your own examples using each of the patterns, and then share them with us!
- Subject + Verb