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an approach to grammar wherein a sequence of rules is utilized to differentiate appropriate usage from its inappropriate counterpart and a principle rendition of the language is distinguished.

PRESCRIPTIVE GRAMMAR: "Most professional writers cringe at adults who are not capable of utilizing the English language properly, and believe prescriptive grammar courses should be required in order to graduate from high school, and especially to graduate from college."

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