This is the sort of English up with which I will not put.
—Winston Churchill

Grammar is the greatest joy in life, don’t you find?
—Lemony Snicket

The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar. It was tense.

“Woe Is I,” Said the Grammarian
Does the boldly placed split infinitive in Star Trek’s opening sequence (“to boldly go”) drive you spacey? When Paul McCartney sings, “ . . . in this ever changing world in which we live in,” does your eye begin to twitch just a little? Does a road sign that cautions you to “drive slow” instead make you want to rev up and run down that sign? Well, then you, my friend, are among the proud breed of grammar gurus who not only were aware of this week’s National Grammar Day but also proudly celebrated it!

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Just Between You and Me, Oh Grammarly One

In honor of this week’s holiday, we’d like to share some timely tips and helpful hints to make your grammar woes wither. Read on, gracious grammarian!

  1. Do not be redundant when writing. Do not repeat yourself repeatedly. Do not say it again and again. Just stick to the point without repetition. Repetition is very, very, very, very bad.
  2. All generalizations are also bad, every time.
  3. Using foreign words and phrases is not de rigueur.
  4. Exaggeration is the worst thing you can possibly do.
  5. Subjects and verbs should always agrees.
  6. No fragments.
  7. Also, no sentences that keep going without proper punctuation combining multiple thoughts and disallowing the reader from clearly understanding your point in other words do not just run on.
  8. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
  9. But starting a sentence with a conjunction is worse.
  10. Avoid using big words and flowery language when dainty and diminutive words will suffice.
  11. Always proofread you’re writing.
  12. Most importantly, don’t overuse exclamation points!!!!! It is a very bad habit!!!!!!!

Your Turn!
You know you’ve got them! What are your biggest pet peeves when it comes to grammar?


Author bio

Dona Herweck Rice

Dona Herweck Rice, Former Editor-in-Chief for TCM

Dona Herweck Rice, former editor-in-chief for Teacher Created Materials, currently serves as an educational consultant in the areas of writing, nonfiction, fiction, and poetry for children. Dona has extensive teaching experience and has authored single titles for the education market, for grades Pre•K –12 across all content areas, including language arts, science, social studies, mathematics, and the creative arts, including many titles in the TIME For Kids Nonfiction Readers, Science Readers, Reader's Theater, and Early Childhood Themes lines.