8 Grammar Myths You Can Disregard

8 Grammar Myths You Can Disregard

BuzzFeed-News·2021-03-16 05:00

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In this issue of Quibbles & Bits, we’re debunking some grammar and language myths you’ve likely been victimized by. These have been taught by generations of schoolteachers, reinforced by old-fashioned style books, and gleefully (but wrongly) championed in Twitter hypercorrections. We implore you to forget them.

1. Never end a sentence with a preposition.

This fallacy is hilarious. It sometimes forces people to tie their sentence into a knot of arrant pedantry to avoid ending it with a preposition (such as “as,” “at,” “by,” “for,” “from,” and “of”). There’s a funny bit on The Last Man on Earth about this. (“What do you need that gun out for?" "Don't you mean 'Out for what do you need that gun’?”) You could always take the Southern Gal route and see how far that gets you. The argument is that a preposition makes for a weak conclusion. Almost any sentence that ends with a preposition can easily be rewritten to a punchier alternative, but neglecting this "rule" is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s not something we’d steer you away from. You and this "rule" should break up.


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