Why can you say “No worries” if you’ve mastered junior high-school English grammar?

G’day, how you going mate? It’s been yonks, everyone. Today, I am going to talk about why you can say “No worries” about speaking if you’ve mastered junior high-school English grammar. My understanding about high-school grammar is simply just the extension or application of junior high-school grammar. What you learnt or are learning during junior high-school entails the vast majority of essential grammar for not just speaking, but also writing, reading and listening as well. Let’s get find out!

You can say “No worries” if you are familiar with the five basic sentence patterns learnt from junior high-school

There is no fear and difficulty at all if you’ve thoroughly understood what the five basic sentence patterns are. That is, SV, SVC, SVO, SVOO, SVOC, right? These patterns are obviously taught during junior high-school. To put it simply, if you can flexibly use these five sentence patterns, then off you go bloke. But, of course, it also depends upon your range of vocabulary, doesn’t it? Anyway, I’ll show you one simplest example for each sentence pattern below:

SV = She works. It could be changed like, She’s working, She worked, She’s been working, She’d work, She’ll have been working, etc.

SVC = The world looks chaotic and volatile. C = Complement. And, there are two types of complements: a subject and object. The simplest to master this sentence structure is to think S = C. That is, the world is chaotic and volatile. Very easy, isn’t it?

SVO = I enjoyed playing chess yesterday. In contrast to SVC, SVO is not S = O. That is, it doesn’t mean that I am chess, apparently. So, playing chess is the object of what you’re doing. Yourself is not chess itself.

SVOO = My university provides me with a professional placement. There are two types of Objects: direct and indirect. Simply speaking, direct object is me, while indirect object is a professional placement.

SVOC = Your business letter made our boss happy. O = C, which means that our boss is now happy. Too straightforward, isn’t it?

After having understood these patterns, you could flexibly arrange another expression that you want to say.

You can say “No worries” if you are familiar with all basic Germanic words learnt from junior high-school

When you are talking to native speakers, you surely realise that the overwhelming majority of words they tend to use are Germanic-origin ones, such as take, make, go, feel, etc. You don’t normally hear any difficult word unless you are talking about a very specific, professional or esoteric topic, in which case you might have to use abstract words, instead of saying “difficult words”. Otherwise, nearly 80 % of necessary words for conversation should be covered, which is just my guesstimate, so to speak. You don’t really need any fancy, big, colourful words unless you want to be seen yourself as if you’re complacently or seemingly well-educated. The best to be seen is that you could skilfully make the best use of Germanic-based words in a wide-ranging of conversation topics.

You can say “No worries” if you are familiar with 5 W 1 H learnt from junior high-school

5 W 1 H, which are Who, What, When, Where and How. In everyday conversations, these words are fully used. As I mentioned before, the beginning of your speaking should be like who did what. And then, you will substantiate or elaborate when, where and how did who what. You try to incorporate the five sentence patterns and Germanic words into 5 W 1 H. If you could do so, then you should nearly be akin to a native-like speaker regardless of your oral fluency and pronunciation. For instance, a typical conversation should be like this:

A: Hey what’s up mate?

B: Oh nothing much. How’re ya?

A: Pretty well, ta. What did you do yesterday? I haven’t seen you at school?

B: Well, I took a sickie yesterday as I had to go to see my doctor.

A: Right. No worries. Are you alright today? You still look a bit pale.

B: Yeah I still feel a bit dizzy, you know. How did your maths exam yesterday, by the way?

A: Oh no, take it easy mate. My maths exam? Bugger, it was utterly shitty. I totally forgot two of the important equations, so I couldn’t make it.

You can say “No worries” if you are familiar with tense learnt from junior high-school

Last but not least, understanding the accurate use of “tense” is of paramount importance when it comes to the English language. And, if you graduated from junior high-school, you would remember at least present and past tense. A good thing is that people are mostly talking about present or past. So, if you’ve mastered all basic Germanic-origin words and their irregular past tense forms, then you will rarely be stuck during your conversation. Other tense such as past perfect, past continuous, future, etc. should be fine, because at least if you could skilfully talk about present and past stories, then your chat partner can mostly understand you. Here is also dependent upon how good your pronunciation is, which is a different dimension, isn’t it? So, you understand all tense forms, and are also adept at pronouncing words, as well as the aforementioned points, all of which are not just important but also beneficial for you being regarded yourself as a fluent English speaker.

That’s all for today. Thanks for reading!

Have a fantastic day!

Published by Masato Kawaguchi

I am an English entrepreneur here in Australia. I've been teaching the PTE exam for the last 2 years or so, now mainly general English online.

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