I would like to think I have a fairly good intuition when it comes to the English language. I don't understand the mechanics very well and I sometimes worry that holds me back, but I wonder whether it should. As an example I still don't really understand the difference between a verb, an adjective and a noun - I wouldn't be able to define them anyway. I also don't understand why certain words are spelt in certain ways. I also don't understand why grammar is only ok to use in certain contexts, and at other times is completely inappropriate. I couldn't explain - using the language I love - how the language works. I would like to think I have an intuition. Or am I missing a necessary understanding by not being able to grasp the 'principles' behind our language? Will it hinder my writing? One issue I come across frequently is my usage of the comma. I feel like I'm using it correctly, but when I re-read what I've written I find myself deleting a majority of them because they simply don't fit with the flow of the sentence. Would a better understanding of the principles of language help with this, or is this just a quirk with my style of writing? I find when I'm thinking things through I take lots of breaks. I would like to think my intuition is better than a mechanical knowledge. I am however, ready to accept that is not the case. So what do you think is better, intuition or knowledge? Or possibly better than either, is it best to have both?