ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com
Sat Jan 24 13:43:10 EST 2004
On Friday, January 23, 2004, at 04:29 PM, Dorian E. Gray wrote:
> (No doubt someone will now jump all over my attempts at
> grammaticism. If you
> can explain me the rules such that they actually stick in my head,
> I'll be
> happy. I do good grammar myself by instinct, which makes explaining
> it to
> others difficult to impossible.)
Most people do. They learned it at their parents' knees. I myself
university level grammar on tests when I was but a pup.
And as for explaining to other people, one of the things I can't do very
often is define words. If there were other words for the word, I would
have used them to begin with. If you see what I mean.
I had a boss who trusted my grasp of the English language. He would
come in with some monstrously complicated grammatical construction
that he was trying to use correctly. I almost always asked him what
exactly he was trying to say. Then I would reframe the sentence much
more simply, thus cleverly avoiding whatever the original problem
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