Traditional grammar

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Traditional grammar (/trədɪʃənəl græmə/) or old-fashioned grammar (/ɒld fæʃənd græmə/) refers to grammar derived from grammar analysis that is based on traditional principles and nomenclature.

The traditional grammar of English was based on that of Latin since that was what early grammarians were familiar with, and possibly Aristotlean view that Latin was "closer to linguistic perfection" than English. Unfortunately, the direct application of Latin grammar to English doesn't work particularly well because of significant linguistic differences between Latin and English. Though both are Indo-European languages, English is a Germanic language whereas Latin was a Romance language.

The opposite of traditional grammar is modern grammar, but really these are a spectrum, not a dichotomy.