reineke wrote:aaleks wrote:*to the above
Of course I had already known that such a thing as Continuous (Progressive) exists from a textbook.
That's a relief.
That's the truth . I just don't want to be as misleading as a language-learning textbook
I guess I learned it from that textbook
English in Two Years / Английский язык за 2 года
https://www.livelib.ru/book/1001558016/ ... -za-2-goda
only mine was published in 1997.
It was somewhere in the early 2000's, when I tried to learn English the first time. I never competed the textbook. I doubt that I'd gone through half of it. I got bored of the "proper" way of studying pretty fast and skipped to the last pages of the book where there were short grammar rules explanations. And then I tried to read a native book which, of course, was an enormous task back then. 6 years ago I skipped grammar part of language learning almost completely. I only looked through those last pages to be sure that I can distinguish future, present and past tenses. Then I found the English learning forum and there were a lot of talks about grammar, so I felt that I was doing something wrong and I turned to so-often-recomended Murphy books. But I did the same - skimmed through it just to be sure I had some concept of grammar. Up to the last, 2017, year I'd not studied grammar, not paid much attention to it if at all. And even then I focused on tenses in the first place, plus articles. I remember reading about prepositions but I've not studied it in the way of grammar drilling, exercises. Adjectives, adverbs, all those"-ly", "-able", "-ness", "-ment" in the end of words, or "des-", "ir-", "un-", etc. in the beginning I have learned from exposure. Idioms, phrasal verbs, and whatever other things like that called - all these I've known from reading, watching, listening. And I've never had any trouble to parse a sentence, I don't know why.
I do beleive that I've been learning English by consuming a lot (or enough) of native materials in the first place. And even though I tried to find the truth about that paticular grammar topic called the Present perfect in textbooks I ended up to figure it out from watching series, not even from reading. But I think that it wouldn't fair to deny the fact that textbooks helped me too in the way that they introduced me to grammatical constructions, provided some tips. My mistake was putting grammar rules above the language itself.