For the past several weeks my critique partners and I have been debating over various rules of writing. Grammar, sentence structure, how many spaces to put between sentences, all of these things have come up for debate. English, I have always said, is a ridiculous language when you really look at it because English, especially American English, is sort of a soupy mess when it comes to rules of spelling, pronounciation, and grammar. Hence, even well educated (and yes, I am an English major with a degree in Education, so call me a geek) people such as my two lovely critique partners and I get mired in the muddle of our language.
So today I give you a really interesting article from my friends at Online Colleges. I'm not saying this ideals are the final say in the debate, I'm just saying, Kelly and Linda, I think all of our pet grammar issues are listed! Whoo hoo!
17 School Writing Rules You Need to Unlearn in the Real World
We have some good news for English class haters: some of the rules your teachers drilled into your brain are absolute hooey in the real world. Who really says “an historic”? And personally, we love starting sentences with “but,” “and,” and “or.” Read on as we explore these and 15 other school writing rules that really don’t have a place in modern writing. English teachers, you have our apologies.