My uncle was head copy editor of the NY Times for 20+ years. Neither my mother nor my father was ever heard to say anything that was not grammatically correct. It’s in my DNA and I can’t help it.

Does it mean "his/her parents were never told to say something that is not grammatically correct"?

Doesn't the word "heard" should be replaced by "told"? Is it a well-written, confusion-free paragraph? Or am I misunderstanding?

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    It's a quite correct phrase. Changing heard to told would result in a completely different meaning. Commented Jun 20, 2018 at 5:17

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No, it means, that no one has ever heard either the mother or the father say something, which was grammatically incorrect.

I think, you just misunderstood it, because in my opinion it is quite understandable.

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