I am a native English native, but I don't know technical grammar answers. and I often answer questions knowing they are correct because I've listened to very good English all my life, but not-Knowing why. (because of my lack of knowledge in grammar).

So my question is;

Is it OK to answer questions without giving any why or a technical grammar reasons?

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    Just to be clear, by "native speaker" do you mean that English is the primary language you have used since birth? I only ask because native is used loosely at times. Also what grammar level you are asking about is important, as it can range from grade school to university level grammar.
    – user3169
    Mar 30, 2016 at 0:28
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    Most of the questions on ELL don't look for grammatical analyses, but rather "which sentence sounds better" or "which word should I choose", in which native speaker intuition is very helpful. See also Native speaker answering questions. I think your intuition is valuable in many of our questions.
    – M.A.R.
    Mar 30, 2016 at 8:23
  • Hi Sam - I would encourage you to not shy away from the grammatical questions but to research your answer. As native speakers, we have a huge advantage when it comes to searching for why something is correct. I've learned a lot about English by answering questions here. That said, there are some glaring errors in your question that concern me. I don't understand what you mean by "I've listened very good English all my life". That doesn't sound like something a native speaker would write. You don't have to be a native speaker to answer meta.ell.stackexchange.com/q/2655
    – ColleenV
    Mar 30, 2016 at 14:57
  • Also, there are some helpful people in English Language Learners Chat. Some of the regular and semi-regular visitors are linguists.
    – M.A.R.
    Mar 30, 2016 at 16:22
  • @ColleenV, I meant "I've listened to very good English all my life". meaning that almost everyone I speak to is a native speaker = they have good grammar. also thank you your comment was helpful Mar 30, 2016 at 20:52
  • Also thank you @IͶΔ for your comment. Mar 30, 2016 at 20:56


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