I'm sure I'm not the only person who becomes irritated at Windows spelling and grammar check. While it's excellent as a basic alert to mistakes, I'm ready to throw it out of the window, along with the computer when it asks me first one question, then the opposite one about the same word or phrase.
It's a long time since I learned basic grammar and as language evolves and rules change I've found myself at the high end of the pedantic scale. For this I blame Mr Cliff my English teacher in grammar school.At the time he taught me he was close to retirement which means he would have been taught grammar in the early part of the twentieth century when rules were rigid. For years I didn't dare use either due to or owing to in case I chose the wrong one.
Added to this I learned Latin and I've only recently realised that some of the constructions I use automatically in writing, such as double negatives stem from Latin grammar. Plus I collected some French and some Spanish grammar rules along the way so it's a surprise that I can string a sentence together at all!
What I know is that the rules are there to guide us but the most important thing about writing is how clear and easy it is for the reader to understand. I'm afraid I abandon many modern novels when I have to re-read sentences more than a couple of times. We're not clever when we make it difficult for others, only arrogant.
Clarity rules OK?