I’m not one of those people who start twitching at the improper use of you’re. I can look the other way from a than/then slip up, and I still might not know the true difference between effect and affect (You don’t have to explain it to me. That’s been done). But I am a writer, or at least I want to be, so I figured I should at least know what’s correct. Following this logic, I enrolled in a grammar class.
If you ever take a grammar class you’ll quickly start to identify a couple of different types of people. First, there are the grammar police, who seem only to take the class for the sake of watching everyone else’s mistakes. Spelling, context, syntax, they’ll go after anything. Steer clear.
Then there are the people who speak English as a second language. They might not be as confident as the grammar police, but they know the rules better than most native speakers, if not as many words. Object, subject, prep—they learned them all in English class, while you were reading (or not reading) Shakespeare and looking up what thou meant.
Look front and center, you’ll see the eager ones, who might not know the correct form of lay but they sure do love learning. They’re annoying but loveable, as long as they don’t try to get the teacher to give extra homework—that’s when they become dangerous.
The last group is the creative writers (guilty. I’m part of this group)—sure they know the rules, but do they follow them? Not really. They believe themselves to be above the rules, until the teacher politely (?) reminds them they’re no E.E. Cummings, cut it out.
So there they are—the people you meet in grammar class. I’ve decided from now on to spend less time judging my classmates (one more quick judgment. Yesterday this was an actual question asked by one of the front rowers-“Wait, which one is plural? Is or are?”)and more time learning. So maybe in the future I’ll write a grammar post that’s actually helpful.
*As soon as I decided I was going to write a post about grammar, I knew it would have the most grammar mistakes out of all of my posts ever. I know my idiocy is funny/ironic, thank you for your understanding.