Prescriptivism v.s. Descriptivism Are you a Prescriptivist or a Descriptivist?

Main differences:

Prescriptivists: - guardians of the language, maintain established order.

Descriptivists: -believe language evolves,incorporate new idioms.

Different Viewpoints:

Prescriptivist: What should English be like and how should we use it?
Descriptivist: What is English like and how do we use it?

Pros and Cons of being a Prescriptivist.

Pros: Can reduce ambiguity and confusion, creates a foundation for teaching language, provides structure and direction.

Cons: Can create an illusion of unattainable "purity", arbitrary caste system, inflexible, inhibitive, intolerant.

Do we have to choose one or the other

Choosing the one over the other would be a mistake, because it's ignoring the possible pros of each side and eliminating the possibility of a happy medium.

A book that can inform you about prescriptive and descriptive approach and a lot more
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