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Top 10 Obsolete Grammar Rules

A fellow blogger, friend and lover of the English language, Brenda Bernstein at The Essay Expert, asked me to write a guest blog.

I blogged about 10 grammar rules we no longer have to follow. They are obsolete. As writers we are no longer shackled by these once-cast-in-stone axioms that gave our blue-haired English teachers delight when they stroked them with their red pens.

Mrs. DeLong, this blog is dedicated to you.

Follow this link to The Top 10 Obsolete Grammar Rules. Enjoy this humorous stroll through these outdated rules we can all enjoy breaking now with impunity.

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2 thoughts on “Top 10 Obsolete Grammar Rules

  1. Dear Sir

    Thank you so much for your post on “The Top 10 Obsolete Grammar Rules”. I tried to post my comment on the related page but I felt some problem there. So, I am making the comment here.
    Your post really highlights a burning issue that has created two camps. But, I am quite confused at which camp I belong to – purists’ or progressives’, since people may draw a line of demarcation to view the physical presence whether on this side of the line or on the other. But, who knows what exactly there is in our mind and in our spontaneous use of a language. I suppose even the purists are supposed to have nice tongue slips while SPEAKING, the most vibrant skill of language and may fall on the side of progressives.
    Anyway, if I need to justify my stance in this connection, it all depends on where I am using a language, when and why. If I am chatting with my colleagues, I am progressive. If I am listening to my students’ attempts to learn and speak a language I am guiding them with, I am a progressive purist, for I need to encourage and also satisfy them with rules in their grammar book. When I am having self-studies for my self-empowerment of grammaticality to know the language much closer, perhaps, I may act as a purist, as I can’t help following grammarians to know something more in the related grammar no matter whether they are purists or progressives.

    Well, I am for progressives in the case of the nine NEW rules you have mentioned above, except the first one. In the case of the first one, I feel comfortable without split infinitives.

    FOR YOUR KIND CONSIDERATION: In your example “Can I get that laptop free?”, perhaps “free” is an adverb, not an adjective. Would you mind making it clear to me?

    Thank you so much for such a thought-provoking post!

    Suresh

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    1. Suresh, Thank you for your comments and your thoughts on the obsolete grammar rules. And, you are correct, in the sentence, “Can I get that laptop free?” Free is an adverb modifying how the person can “get” a laptop. A good way to test this is to substitute another adverb for free, e.g. “Can I get that laptop tomorrow?” or “Can I get that laptop quickly?” If you ordered these words to say, “Can I get that free laptop?” the word “free” is an adjective because it comes directly before the noun it modifies. You would test its validity in the same way. For instance, if you write, “Can I get that used laptop?” the word preceding the noun is an adjective. Hope that helps, and thank you again for your very good comment.

      In Jesus’ precious name Steven Sawyer stevesaw@gmail.com https://stevensawyer.wordpress.com/

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