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Definition of Syntax


  1. Connected system or order; union of things; a number of things jointed together; organism.
  2. That part of grammar which treats of the construction of sentences; the due arrangement of words in sentences in their necessary relations, according to established usage in any language.

Syntax Quotations

Each person is an idiom unto himself, an apparent violation of the syntax of the species.
Gordon W. Allport

The ambiguities of language, both in terms of vocabulary and syntax, are fascinating: how important connotation is, what is lost and what is gained in the linguistic transition.
Marilyn Hacker

I come from not just a household but a country where the finesse of language, well-balanced sentence, structure, syntax, these things are driven into us, and my parents, bless them, are great custodians of the English language.
Daniel Day-Lewis

We're talking about the struggle to drag a thought over from the mush of the unconscious into some kind of grammar, syntax, human sense; every attempt means starting over with language. starting over with accuracy.
Anne Carson

Syntax, my lad. It has been restored to the highest place in the republic.
John Steinbeck
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Syntax Translations

syntax in Dutch is zinsbouw, zinsleer, syntaxis
syntax in German is Satzbau, Syntax, Syntax
syntax in Hungarian is mondattan
syntax in Portuguese is sintaxe
syntax in Spanish is sintaxis
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