That’s not me. I’m not the Grammar Police. I am a Grammar Police wannabe. It’s on my to-do list to find a refresher course on grammar because I believe mine is somewhat lacking, which is something I usually discover when I go to edit (I don’t worry about it when I’m writing the drafts). I’m not trying to diagram my sentences, but sometimes, I think that would help. Go back to the basics to boil the sentence down.
Basic grammar, I’ve got. Or I think I do. When I thinks of grammar as the whole system and structure of language, how words are used in sentences, how they relate to each other in those sentences, I feel like I have a decent handle on it. I don’t really remember the actual rules of how the language system fits together.
One of the things that made me think of this today is one of my favorite blogs, Writers Write, did a grammar post: 44 Common Confusions to Annoy the Grammar Police. It included a couple of infographics that dealt with common word mis-uses, like affect and effect, appraise and apprise, and bring and take. Where I live, the word bring can be pronounced/used differently. There are a multitude of ways to put brung in a sentence ’round here. Don’t get me started on ‘seen,’ as in, ‘I seen that t’other day.’ I can agree with those listed here as hard and fast rules.
On the other hand, there are the grammar rules that can be broken. When I’m doing my day job, these rules still shouldn’t be broken, but when writing fiction, I agree that it’s okay to break them (sometimes). And certainly they can be broken when writing dialogue. I seen that done before and it don’t bother me overmuch (haha).
How is your grammar and how often do you break? Or break down when dealing with it (or listening to it)?