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I've often found creative writing to be a nice way to relax; however, as hobbies go, if I'm going to invest time in something I want it to be done right.
I'm trying to improve my understanding of the English language as a whole, and as a result I need some guidance on first knowing what I need to know. My understanding of the English language is inferred: I understand syntactic structure while writing because it's my native language.
I believe that in order to move past boring technical writing that's devoid of any emotion, I need to better understand the structure of the language as a whole.
I cannot tell you the difference between a noun and a pronoun, other than the obvious character count. I have tried basic searches online; however, much of what I've found is related to people learning the language secondarily, or for children.
I'm hesitant to review the Wikipedia articles on English because of concerns of accuracy. There's also the issue that the definitions provided tend to be scattered across a multitude of pages, making determination of the most expedient path, of learning this, difficult to know.
I'm looking for suggestions for reading material that can help someone build an understanding from the ground up, with the hopeful goal of mastery, without assuming the reader is an idiot. Please answer under the assumption that I know English, but my semantic knowledge-base, with respect to isolating grammatical components, is zero.