Don't judge me.
Although I pride myself on having a pretty good grasp of the English language and perhaps know a bit more than your Average Joe about grammar, there are still many things that give me a great deal of difficulty. I get around most of them by conveniently avoiding their use. Here are some examples:
the former and latter: I kind of know which is which, but I'm not confident enough to use them without paper and pencil to draw myself a diagram.
Is it further or farther? Yes, I've seen the explanation in our paper's grammar column, but so far it hasn't stuck.
transitive/intransitive verbs: *shudder* I took this horrible class called "Problems in English Grammar" that was basically a graduate level class, but half the class was comprised of undergraduates (myself included). Most of the class, including the instructor, were foreign students. They kicked butt. I know I learned about these verbs, but it must have been somewhat traumatic, as I've long since forgotten.
Is it the bane or bain of one's existence? I know it's more spelling than grammar, but I'd still like to know.
This is she or this is her- when answering the telephone.. I avoid by saying "Speaking," or my favorite, "I'm sorry, she's not here right now. May I take a message?"- I like to do this when they are asking for me, but I know it's nobody I want or need to talk to.
lay and lie: I suck at these. I know that I very incorrectly say
"go lay down", when it should be "go lie down" (right?).
I know I struggle with other grammar (or would it be grammatical?) issues, but that's all I've got right now. I hope you all won't think less of me.