Grammar is an indispensable element of English language. The importance
of grammar lies in the fact that it enables us to communicate in
an appropriate and understandable way. When being asked what grammar
is, at first instance people's answer would be 'tenses' or 'dead
boring stuffs'. Many people spent 10 odd years memorizing grammatical
formulas like 'present continuous tense = verb
+ ing form' or 'go-went-gone', but unforgivable
mistakes like 'there have many staffs in my company'
still crop up every now and then.
The truth is, the traditional way of learning grammar has put many
people off from exploring English. It is a recognized fact that
language learners are heavily influenced by their own mother tongue.
Sentences like 'please borrow me your pen', 'please
raise up your hand'' or 'Hong Kong has seven millions
people' are classic evidence of people being confused by
Chinese and English grammar.