1.2b How the Guthridge Grammar System (GGS) Works

Part 2

Goal B: Delete Nomenclature

Next, Dr. G. set out to greatly reduce if not eliminate English grammar nomenclature.

Isn’t learning grammar hard enough without letting a lot of terminology get in the way? Objective case, nominative case, possessive pronouns, reflexive pronouns, infinitives … on and on and on. No wonder most students hate the subject!

For instance, grammar books usually define passive voice as “a form or set of forms of a verb in which the subject undergoes the action of the verb.”

It’s so much easier to describe passive like this:

Active voice: the action goes left to right, the same way we read.

Passive voice: the action goes right to left, opposite of how we read.

Also passive: no one does the action.

For example:

Active Voice

Bob threw the ball.



Passive Voice

The ball was thrown by Bob.


Also Passive

The ball was thrown.

Who threw it?