… does anybody know this?
But first let me try to explain what I mean by this. We all learn grammar rules, mnemonic rhymes and so on.
But I realised that the more I learn of these things, the less I do intuitive - which results in more errors.
I can remember one class test some years ago, I had been ill for two weeks and the day I returned to school my English teacher said we would write a classtest on that day. I didn’t know about it, though I stayed in touch with my classmates during the two weeks I was off from school, but it seemes as everybody had forgotten to mention it.
The class test was - among other things - about the usage of adjective/adverb and I’d never heard about it in my life before, so I asked my teacher about the difference (about one minute before she handed the papers out) and she just said that one’s with ly and one without. Ha, ha, ha…
But to cut a long story short, what I did (it was the only thing I could do) was just trusting my feeling which part of speech to put into which gap. And - everything was correct! About 30 gaps and I “guessed” all forms right!
The weird thing about it is that, after somebody had told me about the rules, I made many mistakes - until I started again just to trust my feeling and not to care about the rules.
Now it still seems to be the same, the more I think about certain grammar rules, about which words to use, about whatever… I start to make mistakes. (well, obviously I always make mistakes - but I start to make more mistakes).
That’s why usually grammar exercises are quite hard for me, as well as the exercises in which you have to chose the right word - if I wrote the same sentences in an essay I probably would have all forms correct but as soon as I start to think about the words I’m not sure about the easiest things. Usually my first idea is correct and then I start thinking and thinking about it - and chose the wrong word in the end.
That’s also the reason why I never check texts I’ve written - I tend to “correct” more words, tenses… that were originally correct into wrong words, forms… than the other way round.
It’s the same for me in German by the way - if I just write and write and write without thinking about commas or spelling I usually make about one mistake in 1500 words. But if I start thinking, then…
Anybody here who knows that “problem”?
PS: Don’t get me wrong, I don’t wanna say that grammar rules are unnecessary! Though I’ve decided for myself not to look into grammar books too often but more to trust my feeling - yes, I know about most of the grammar rules and about many exceptions but I try not to think about them too much (e.g. in those mentioned exercises or when writing a text and being unsure about certain things) - and also I try not to study too much stuff concerning grammar anymore. Maybe I have a good feeling for languages - but not caring about grammar too much is just better for me personally.