If you’re one of those people who constantly checks the dictionary, thesaurus, and grammar sites. Hear ye! Finally, I got myself a company. I’ve always been conscious of my grammar usage. I admit most often than not, that I, just like everyone else, commit such mistakes.
Here are the the Top Ten Grammar Myths! A bit technical but understandable.
Grammar Girl‘s Top 10 Language Myths:
10. A run-on sentence is a really long sentence.Wrong! They can actually be quite short. In a run-on sentence, independent clauses are squished together without the help of punctuation or a conjunction. If you write â€œI am short he is tall,â€ as one sentence without aÂ semicolon,Â colon, orÂ dash between the two independent clauses, it’s a run-on sentence even though it only has six words.
9. You shouldn’t start a sentence with the word â€œhowever.â€ Wrong! It’s fine to start a sentence with â€œhoweverâ€ so long as you use aÂ comma after it when it means “nevertheless.”
8. â€œIrregardlessâ€ is not a word. Wrong! â€œIrregardlessâ€ is a bad word and a word you shouldn’t use, but it is a word. â€œFloogetyflopâ€ isn’t a wordâ€”I just made it up and you have no idea what it means.Â â€œIrregardless,â€ on the other hand, is in almost every dictionary labeled as nonstandard. You shouldn’t use it if you want to be taken seriously, but it has gained wide enough use to qualify as a word.
7. There is only one way to write the possessive form of a word that ends in â€œs.â€ Wrong! It’s aÂ style choice. For example, in the phrase â€œKansas’s statute,â€ you can put just an apostrophe at the end of â€œKansasâ€ or you can put an apostrophe â€œsâ€ at the end of â€œKansas.â€ Both ways are acceptable.
6. Passive voice is always wrong. Wrong! Passive voice is when you don’t name the person who’s responsible for the action. An example is the sentence “Mistakes were made,” because it doesn’t say who made the mistakes. If you don’t know who is responsible for an action, passive voice can be the best choice.
5. â€œI.e.â€ and â€œe.g.â€ mean the same thing. Wrong! â€œE.g.â€ means “for example,” and â€œi.e.â€ means roughly “in other words.” You use â€œe.g.â€ to provide a list of incomplete examples, and you use â€œi.e.â€ to provide a complete clarifying list or statement.
4. You use â€œaâ€ before words that start with consonants and â€œanâ€ before words that start with vowels. Wrong! You use â€œaâ€ before words that start with consonant sounds and â€œanâ€ before words that start with vowel sounds. So, you’d write that someone has an MBA instead of a MBA, because even though â€œMBAâ€ starts with â€œm,â€ which is a consonant, it starts with the sound of the vowel â€œeâ€–MBA.
3. It’s incorrect to answer the question “How are you?” with the statement “I’m good.” Wrong! â€œAmâ€ is a linking verb and linking verbs should beÂ modifiedby adjectives such as â€œgood.â€ Because â€œwellâ€ can also act as an adjective, it’s also fine to answer “I’m well,” but some grammarians believe “I’m well” should be used to talk about your health and not your general disposition.
2. You shouldn’t split infinitives. Wrong! Nearly all grammarians want to boldly tell you it’s OK to split infinitives. An infinitive is a two-word form of a verb. An example is “to tell.” In a split infinitive, another word separates the two parts of the verb. “To boldly tell” is a split infinitive because â€œboldlyâ€ separates â€œtoâ€ from â€œtell.â€
1. You shouldn’t end a sentence with a preposition. Wrong! You shouldn’t end a sentence with a preposition when the sentence would mean the same thing if you left off the preposition. That means “Where are you at?” is wrong because “Where are you?” means the same thing. But there are many sentences where the final preposition is part of a phrasal verb or is necessary to keep from making stuffy, stilted sentences: â€œI’m going to throw up,â€ â€œLet’s kiss and make up,â€ and â€œWhat are you waiting forâ€ are just a few examples.