chapter  4
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What's involved in learning to read? 3 Knowledge about sentences

Recognising the patterns at both these levels is essential to becoming a reader. But there is another level of language pattern. Words combine together, usually into sentences, according to another set of mIes: the mIes of syntax. If someone stopped you in the street and asked you what you know about the mIes of syntax, you might be tempted to say 'Nothing at all. , In fact, you know a lot although it's 'implicit' rather than 'explicit' knowledge. You may find it hard to say what it is you know but you can use the knowledge without thinking.