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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

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

I ascribe a basic importance to the phenomenon of language. To speak means to be in a position to use a certain syntax, to grasp the morphology of this or that language, but it means above all to assume a culture, to support the weight of a civilization.
Frantz Fanon

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

Those who prefer their English sloppy have only themselves to thank if the advertisement writer uses his mastery of the vocabulary and syntax to mislead their weak minds.
Dorothy L. Sayers
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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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