May I recommend for any authors who have been under or over edited to read Sarah Churchwell’s fascinating piece in Saturday’s Guardian Click here: The Final Cut
I believe Ms Churchwell also wrote an excellent explanation a couple of years back on why the English are so inarticulate — while Americans tend to speak their minds with clarity. English children are taught in rote subject, verb, object — certainly, I was: i.e. grammatical technicalities. Their American counterparts are taught subject, predicate (basically verb) and complete thought:- i.e. what are we trying to communicate?