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How can I study grammar better alongside LingQ?

July 27 at 21:55

My main problem is based around the idea that one grammatical point is invariably related or linked to something else; often required to understand the original point. For example: Verbs can relate to the auxiliaries; auxiliaries can relate to tense; tense can relate to participles and so on. By the time I have some understanding of one idea another one comes into play and can be hard to grasp new ideas as they form new relationships with other ones. (I hope this is a good thing, but feels overwhelming :/)

Through listening and reading I cross reference the best I can with a French grammar book called "English grammar for students of French". It is effectively a "transitional" material; introducing English grammar points first then following up with French ones, each in their respective topics. A great reference, but can be difficult to identify "what" to read. It all seems to be dependent on what I have encountered whilst reading then doing my best to identify the grammatical point at hand and try to make sense of it. It's almost as though I can't understand anything unless it is grounded by a grammatical point. The guide here on LingQ doesn't feel adequate for what I need as for the reasons mentioned; so much is interrelated.

The grammatical understanding also seems to be the basis of which I define words in LingQ; using popular translations; as this gives more insight to to a particular word (meanings, usages, grammatical classifications and so on.) whilst cross referencing to a dictionary when needed.

I've realized that the quality of learning grammar in a foreign language is very much applied from that of your native one; mostly it seems; with terminology and classifications. I hope part of the problem is myself just not understanding the principles of English grammar.

Are there simpler ways of approaching grammar? - how can one cross reference better? - Am I looking at this wrong way?

Thanks for reading. Any ideas?


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