‘Grammar' or 'Grammer': What's the Difference?

By Shanea Patterson, updated on November 28, 2022

Do you spell the word ‘grammar’ or ‘grammer’? Struggling with the spelling of this word and need a bit of help? We’ve got you covered. We’ll give you the correct spelling, plus teach you how to use it in a sentence.

The short answer is that the difference is ‘grammar’ is correct, and ‘grammer’ is incorrect. Therefore, you should never spell it that way.

‘Grammar’ or ‘Grammer’: What’s the Difference?

So, you just learned that the difference between the words is that ‘grammar’ is correct and ‘grammer’ is incorrect.

Grammar or Grammar: Which Spelling is Correct?

Now you know that ‘grammar’ is the correct spelling of the word and ‘grammer’ should never be used in your writing, as it’s incorrect.

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Because the word ‘real’ only has one ‘l,’ many people think you’d spell ‘really’ with only one ‘l.’ But ‘really’ has two ‘l’s’ so make sure to use both when writing out the word.

Definition and Meaning

Let’s define the word, so we know how to use it in a sentence later.

The Merriam-Webster definition of the word is: “the study of the classes of words, their inflections, and their functions and relations in the sentence,” “a study of what is to be preferred and what avoided in inflection,” “the characteristic system of inflections and syntax of a language,” “a system of rules that defines the grammatical structure of a language,” and “a grammar textbook.”

It’s also defined as: “speech or writing evaluated according to its conformity to grammatical rules,” “the principle or rules of an art, science, or technique,” and “a set of such principles or rules.”

Synonyms of the word include:

  • ABC(s)
  • Elements
  • Principles
  • Alphabet
  • Essentials
  • Rudiments
  • Basics
  • Fundamentals

A Brief History

The first known use of the word was in the 14th century, and it meant the same thing it means today.

The word comes from the Middle English word gramere, from the Anglo-French word gramaire, and it’s a modification of the Latin word grammatica, as well as the Greek word grammatike.

Phrases Containing the Word ‘Grammar’

You might have heard the following phrases in your everyday life containing the word ‘grammar.’

  • Grammar school
  • Grammar checker
  • Universal grammar
  • Relational grammar

How to Use the Word in a Sentence Correctly

 Now that we’re more familiar with the word, we can see how to use it appropriately in a sentence.

Here are a few examples of how to use the word in a sentence correctly:

  • My niece is such a grammar snob; she’s always correcting me.
  • My grammar is exceptional; I could probably be a book editor.
  • It’s funny how easy kindergarten grammar is, yet my little brother complains about how hard it is.
  • I got 100 in English because I’m great with grammar.
  • Her grammar isn't the strongest, which is why she failed English class.

Concluding Thoughts on ‘Grammar’ and ‘Grammer’

Now that you know only one of these words is grammatical, you know that ‘grammar’ is the correct way to spell the word. Any other spelling of the word is incorrect and ungrammatical.

It might be tempting to spell it the way it sounds, but don’t do that in this case. Remember that when it comes time to put words to paper.

If you ever forget this rule, you can always come back here (don’t be afraid to bookmark the page). We have tons of other articles dedicated to explaining confusing words and phrases that you can browse anytime you want. We can also teach you how to write better.

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Written By:
Shanea Patterson
Shanea Patterson is a writer based in New York and loves writing for brands big and small. She has a master's degree in professional writing from New York University and a bachelor's degree in English from Mercy College.

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