Rules govern every area of life. From children's sports to driving motor vehicles to paying one's taxes, rules are essential to keeping order and to ensuring clarity. Rules, by definition, apply to everyone ... with a few exceptions. The English language has many rules, but almost all of them can be broken without sacrificing the essential purpose of language: communication. Some of these rules are shaped in the negative. In fact, most of the "rules" of the English language have exceptions, and nearly all of them can and should be broken more often than they can or should be followed. However, those times they should be followed tend to arise more frequently.
English itself is a hodgepodge of pieces of many languages, with many words borrowed from French, Latin, German, and of course, the Anglo-Saxon roots of English. English frequently generates new words, with recent additions arising from the way English is used online and in text message form. Still, the rules remain, and one's knowledge of the rules of English will determine how one is viewed. Facility with English connotes, perhaps unfairly, intelligence, wisdom, and at the very least, eloquence. Are you a master of the English language? Find out now with this quiz!