In case you missed Heidi Stevens's piece in the Chicago Tribune today, "Grammar Rules Worth Breaking" takes aim at some of the more odious grammar rules that have been taught in schools for generations. But these days, most grammar experts take a more relaxed approach so we can avoid awkward construction and unnatural wording. The take-away?
- It's okay to end a sentence with a preposition.
- It's okay to split an infinitive.
- There's no need to put a comma before a name in a salutation.
- "I before e, except after c" has so many exceptions that it should be banished as a mnemonic trick.