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For those of you who don't know what syntax is, the best definition is that syntax is the way you put your words together, to form your phrases, clauses and sentences. It is basically a connected order or a system of words and their meaning in context. 

If you master syntax in any language, the result will be better constructed messages for the reader or listener to receive your ideas accurately.

Let me give you an example - a testimonial in a seeds and gardening catalogue saying "I am very pleased with the lot of seeds I got from you recently. Every one nearly came up." Can you see how much damage this did to the business? That word 'nearly' is misplaced... If you say "nearly came up" you are practically saying that they didn't come up fully. But if you say "Nearly every one came up." you are now expressing the contrary, that not many died, almost all of them were successful.

The same goes with the sentence: "I only play golf on Sundays." or did you want to say "I play golf only on Sundays."? The meaning changes...

The role of syntax in life

Maybe you lived your life without any knowledge of syntax so far. You may even continue to do so, who knows? But frankly, syntax controls two essential aspects of any sentence you utter or write: the meaning and the drama.

We shall not decipher the rules of writing a bestseller right now, but suffice for you to consider Charles Reade's advice in "Recipe for a bestseller": "Make'em laugh; make 'em cry; make 'em wait." That is actually drama in a nutshell for you, built by using good syntax.

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