Grammar Rules (To Avoid)

by Anna Blanch on March 2, 2011

  1. Verbs has to agree with their subjects.
  2. Remember to never split an infinitive.
  3. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are (usually) unnecessary.
  4. Never use a big word when a diminutive one would suffice.
  5. Use words correctly, irregardless of how others elude to them.
  6. Use the apostrophe in it’s proper place and omit it when its not needed.
  7. Eliminate unnecessary references. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “I hate quotations.”
  8. Who needs rhetorical questions?
  9. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
  10. Last but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.

These rules are excerpted from My Grammar and I…Or Should That Be Me? How to Speak and Write it Right by Caroline Taggart and J.A. Wines (page 10 to be exact).

Heather Sanders has written an extensive review of this book at Pioneer Woman Homeschooling.

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  • Jonny McCormick

    This has literally made my evening. I'm sitting in work at the moment and this made it all worthwhile. I love it.

  • Kelsey Jones

    This is delightful. 🙂

  • TRR

    Unfortunately, most grammar rules, like all others, are made to be broken 😉
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