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I grew up reading. Can't remember not knowing how to read, and I read
everything. Still do. If nothing else is available, I read the back of the
cereal box in the morning (OK, let's see a show of hands, how many of us are
incurable readers?). Growing up, I read a lot of classics (partly because
that was the only thing available).
Grammar was NOT my favorite subject in school (history takes that honor); I
didn't understand English grammar until I took French in high school.
However, I could speak and write correctly because of my voracious reading
(and my parents' correcting my bad spoken grammar when necessary - not that
I ever did that with MY children...). Well, mostly correctly. Freshman
English in college cured me of "indefinite pronoun reference." Once upon a
long ago (I graduated back in nineteen mumble mumble) I could quote you
chapter and verse from Harbrace College Handbook on indefinite pronoun
Even so, I have several grammar reference books, and I consult them when I
feel the need.
----- Original Message -----
From: <cheek1 -at- sbcglobal -dot- net>
Subject: Re: "Grammar Stinks."
I have to agree emphatically. I firmly believe that exposure to enough truly
great writing can create a love of language. Especially when a person has
read enough to internalize the structure and rules of narrative writing, and
then reads something that deliberately breaks those rules (look at Faulkner,
look at Mark Twain). Those violations of the rules of grammar and narrative
can highlight the rules that were broken.
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