An example sentence of semantic , pragmatic and syntactic rules?


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Iris Phillips Profile
Iris Phillips answered
Writing or speaking any sentence in a way that is easily understood and interpreted by a reader or listener will automatically conform to the semantic, syntactic and pragmatic rules of the English language. This equally applies to sentences spoken or written in other languages.

Hard as it is to believe, the first sentence here is in itself an example of a sentence involving the said rules. Here is a brief explanation why.

  • Semantic Rules
Semantics are concerned with the relationship between symbols, words and their meanings. Semantic rules consist of the pre-determined definitions of words. If this sentence had been written like the following sample, no-one would understand any of it; it would not comply with semantic rules:

Writing or whatnotting whoops sentence in a thingy that is easily pantoodled and flumsified by a heydiddle or wodingle, etc, etc. The meaning becomes clear without further explanation.

  • Syntactic Rules
Syntactic rules govern the order in which words are placed in order to make sense. Without these rules, proper communication would not be possible.

The example sentence may have looked like this:

Any writing sentence or in speaking that is a way understood and reader by easily a interpreted or listener, etc, if it did not comply with syntactic rules. It would not make any sense.

  • Pragmatic Rules
Pragmatic rules depend on the context in which a sentence is used. They may include changing a language altogether, or using a less formal language among friends than while conducting business. Written for an article in Germany, the first part of the sentence would look like this:

Einen Satz so zu schreiben or sprechen, dass er leicht von einem Leser oder Hoerer verstanden und ausgelegt werden kann, etc.

In other words, pragmatic rules determine the kind of language used within a sentence.
Janey Profile
Janey answered
Semantic rules:

"He ate every doughnut" - there is a sentence subject ( He) and a predicate (ate every doughnut).

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