re: Stop the multiverse, I want to get off
Why do we have books called Grammar to Enrich and Enhance Writing?
Seriously. How is "Grammar to Enrich and Enhance Writing" a sensible title for a book on grammar and writing?
Grammar is writing. Without grammar, you don't have writing; without grammar, you have a list of words, which is not writing. (Not really.) Grammar to enhance writing is like paint to enhance painting or pianos to enhance playing the piano. If you don't have paint, you're not painting. Same thing with writing.
Ordinary people get this.
That's why ordinary people tend to think schools should just go back to teaching grammar as they once did lo these many years ago and be done with it. Teach grammar in isolation, teach grammar out of isolation, teach grammar in and out of isolation.
Just teach it.
And make sure the kids have actually learned it.
David Foster Wallace on the seamy underbelly