Can you identify the parts of speech beyond nouns and verbs? Do you still remember how to diagram a sentence? Does the phrase dangling participle send you running for the hills? Do sentences that end with a prepositional phrase grate on your nerves like nails on a chalkboard?
Then you’re a grammar god.
These are the people that can wield “lay, lie, laid and lain” with the skill of a Kung Fu master and they’re great to have around when you need a good editor, but I suspect there are a lot of competent, compelling writers that could be classified as grammar goofs.
These writers are like musicians who don’t read music – they know what sounds right using their natural talents and instincts. They may not know the term, but they can pick out an example of poor subject/verb agreement.
The question for today is: Do you have to be a grammar god to be a great writer or is being able to hear the difference enough? Second question: Where do you go for grammar advice?