Do you still follow these zombie grammar rules?
Languages are always evolving, and in that process some rules become outdated. But not all of them die gracefully. A few of them tend to stick around and hunt us.
I've compiled a few grammar zombie rules that you don't have to follow no matter what someone tells you.
Don't start a sentence with a conjunction
There's no guide that mentions this rule. Just be careful with sentence fragments.
Don't finish a sentence with a preposition
When we write, the most important aspect is to be understood. And in some cases, the best option is to place the preposition at the end. If the preposition at the end makes your sentence weaker, then rephrase.
Don't use 'they' as a singular pronoun
English doesn't have a singular gender-neutral pronoun, so 'they' is used in this circumstance. This rule is now widely accepted.
Don't split infinitives
Some purists of the language say you shouldn't write something like 'I want to quickly finish this task so I can go home early'. But this structure is very common and is used by many prestigious writers.
When writing, focus on real rules and not on folklore or rules invented by one or two grammarians. If you think that your audience will consider a certain construction an error, then do your best to avoid using it. Otherwise, the most important is to communicate our message clearly.
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