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Chapter 2. Conan the Grammarian > Perversity Rules - Pg. 13

Conan the Grammarian 13 13. Correction:___________________________________________________________ Don't overuse exclamation marks!!!! Error:______________________________________________________________ Correction:___________________________________________________________ Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long sentences, as of 10 or more words, to their antecedents. Error:______________________________________________________________ Correction:___________________________________________________________ Write all adverbs correct. Error:______________________________________________________________ Correction:__________________________________________________________ Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided. Error:______________________________________________________________ Correction:___________________________________________________________ Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixed metaphors. Error:______________________________________________________________ Correction:___________________________________________________________ Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun in their writing. Error:______________________________________________________________ Correction:_________________________________________________________ Always pick on the correct idiom. Error:______________________________________________________________ Correction:_________________________________________________________ Last but least, avoid clichés like the plague; seek viable alternatives. Error:______________________________________________________________ Correction:_________________________________________________________ 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Let Me 'Splain It to You, Lucy 1. 2. Error:Split infinitive Correction:Don't put any word between "to" and the verb in an infinitive. Therefore, "to split" has to stay as one complete package. Only real sticklers get bent out of shape by this today. (Please don't call me if you're a stickler for this rule. And no, you cannot reach me by e-mail.) More on this in Chapter 10. Error:Passive voice Correction:You should not use the passive voice. In addition to showing tense (time), verbs also show voice, the form of the verb that shows whether the subject performs the action or received the action. English verbs have two voices: active and passive. A verb is active when the subject performs the action, as in this example: · We made a mistake. (We are taking blame.) A verb is passive when its action is performed upon the subject, as in this example: · A mistake has been made. (No one is taking credit for the mistake.) In general, use the active voice instead of the passive voice. The active voice was voted "Most Popular Voice" because it is less wordy. See Chapter 22. Error:Spelling 3.