So, I'm reading this tiny little book about grammar. Tiny. So tiny I actually looked back at my Amazon bill to see how much I paid for it.
Well, if you count the days (okay, truth, weeks) I've spent trying to read it, I suppose it's worth it's money in that regard...WEEKS of grammar learning entertainment.
Of course, sarcasm abounds here (except for the fact that I'm struggling to get through this massive textbook). It really is a GREAT book. Really. I wouldn't lie.
I *am* learning a LOT. Just like I learn a lot when I'm flossing my teeth and rinsing with Listerine. A lot. (Think about it... I'm getting the junk out and then using a sterilizing rinse... that's what we do when we improve our grammar, right?!)
Here's what I learned today:
"A common blunder is the use of a singular verb form in a relative clause following 'one of...' or a similar expression when the relative is the subject" (page 9 of this wonderful book, really it is). Seriously. Page 9. That's how far I've gotten after weeks of reading. Granted, I read a 750 page Koontz book and now I'm reading a 1000 page King book in that same time period, but I digress.
For example (of the grammar rule listed above):
wrong: One of the smartest writers who has attacked this problem
right: One of the smartest writers who have attacked this problem
Who knew? Not me. Guess I should spend more time reading this book. But sometimes I think grammar is a pain in the patootie. And yet, for some reason, it's required if you wanna be a published author. Go figure.
FYI: This post is time stamped 1:11 on 1/11/11, just in case you wondered.