Columnist: I use words that sort of sound right together

gramOgden (UT) Standard-Examiner columnist Mark Saal responds to a reader who complained about his “egregious” grammatical error:

Well, Doris, let me begin by saying that not only do I not know the rules governing linking verbs, I didn’t even realize there WERE rules governing that kind of junk. I’m just happy when I can avoid using a preposition to end a sentence with. …

Look, I picked up English the way the majority of us did — on the mean streets of Anytown, USA. I learned to speak and write, not from studying and applying grammatical rules, but from hearing the language, from reading it.

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