I'm home safe, if not entirely sound. And I got to meet and talk with lots of cool people. Great fun!
No con report will follow, however, instead I'm going to (for I think the second time ever) meme. (And once again, it's because something about the meme really bugs me.)
|You Scored an A|
You got 10/10 questions correct.
It's pretty obvious that you don't make basic grammatical errors.
Heh. They are right that I do have a reasonably good grasp of grammar, but at they same time they couldn't be more wrong.
This test asked questions to see if I know the difference between it's and its, and their/there and they're. However, if these are the only “basic grammatical errors” you are seeing in someone's writing, then there is a very good chance that they are not grammatical errors at all.
For many people the motor response when typing is triggered by a mental sound. Thus homonyms are switched not because people don't know the difference, but because the writer tells the story to themselves in their head, and their fingers and carry out the muscle memory programming associated with the sound of the words, and the person is too involved in the process of composition to notice that there is a bug in the programming.
I always ace tests on “basic grammar” and yet my rough manuscripts are positively littered with places where I've used the wrong its/it's or the wrong there/their/they're.