It was an intuition or maybe even something cognitive after years of writing and editing: If there’s a problem in the sentence, you fix it by going to the verb. Whenever I hit a muddy passage that’s how I straighten things out. So I had this hunch about the centrality of the verb and I wanted to test that hunch. You learn in grade school that the components of the sentence are the subject and the verb, so I wanted to test that, because so much of what we learn about grammar is wrong.
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