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For Aspiring Writers

Rules of grammar

Here is a list of A Writer's Rules of Grammar & Punctuation that I received from a writer friend over the Internet. We don't know who originally wrote them.
  1. Verbs always have to agree with their subjects.

  2. Propositions are not words to end sentences with.

  3. And don't start a sentence with a conjunction.

  4. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They're old hat.)

  5. Also, always avoid annoying alliteration.

  6. Also, too, never, ever use repetitive redundancies.

  7. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are (usually) unnecessary.

  8. The passive voice is to be avoided.

  9. Eliminate commas, that are not needed.

  10. Never use a big word when a diminutive one will suffice.

  11. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.

  12. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.

  13. Proofread carefully to make sure you don't any words out.

  14. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.

  15. One should never generalise.

  16. Use the apostrophe in it's proper place and omit it when its not needed.

If you don't "get" these rules then you need to pick up a grammar book! In fact, if you haven't already done so, take a college grammar class. You can learn grammar by trial and error, but it is much easier to get most of it done before you drive friends, publishers, and other writers insane. Know once and for all the difference between lie and lay.