The greater part of the world’s troubles are due to questions of grammar.—Michel de Montaigne

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Victorian grammar school

Grammar school classroom, 1899. Image courtesy US Library of Congress. So why do we call it “grammar school”? In the United States, grammar school now refers to a primary school, usually kindergarten through eighth grade, but originally a grammar school was so called because it taught students classical languages. In medieval England, grammar schools taught Latin and later Ancient Greek grammar. English and other languages soon followed, and eventually science, mathematics, geography, and history were included in the grammar school curriculum.

Grammar Tips

If you’ve ever wondered what a dangling participle really is, hesitated at ending a sentence with a preposition, or scratched your head in wonder trying to decide if you should use “that” or “which” in your prose, we’re here to help. Our editors are in the process of building a collection of grammar tips as a free service to our clients. Whether you write for the Internet or are working on the next Great American Novel, we can help you clean up your sentences and get them ready for publication.

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