Do we throw them out?
Or do we realize some rules are made to be broken?
Hooray! At last, a common sense post about what to do about hard and fast rules that make no sense in this day and time.
- Ending sentences with a preposition.
- Guilty, but I didn’t know this rule was attributed to Winston Churchill
- Starting sentences with a conjunction.
- Oh yes, guilty. This gem was apparently courtesy of teachers in the 19th century.
- Sentence fragments.
- Now honestly, I write like I talk. And well…
- Split infinities.
- This one drives me nuts. But what a relief, Kelly gives us permission to use as needed and explains why.
- Who vs Whom
- I love her suggestions. Just avoid if unsure. But realize the word “whom” is for formal writing.
- What about “they?” Turns out it’s not one but what else is a writer to use?
Click the link above to read more about Kelly’s thoughts on these obsolete grammar rules.
Do you agree, some rules are made to be broken?
Is there another grammar rule that drives you nuts?
Are you guilty of breaking these six?
Do you have any tips to help writers with grammar rules?
Please share, let’s become better writers together.
Also, if you can please stop by my other locations and say “hey!” I’ll leave a light on.