When Breaches of Grammar Are Acceptable

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Breaking Rules

This post is for the rebels. Or those who have even the slightest streak of rebellion in them. Grammar rules were created for a purpose, and you know that I am the first to stick to them, especially if the context requires it. However, I am also the first to deviate from prescribed grammar rules when the situation allows. If you are a stickler for correct grammar no matter what, I am warning you now: You might not like what you are about to read. On the other hand, if you allow yourself – and others – some flexibility depending on the [Read more…]

Can You Use “Though” to Begin a Sentence?

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though although

Though these are common words, questions crop up now and then about though, although, in spite of, and despite. One thing is for certain: these words are similar in meaning. The difference lies in the fact that they are different parts of speech. Let’s take a look at though and although first. They are conjunctions and can be used interchangeably as such. The government says the economy is improving, although people do not seem to feel it. Replacing although with though does not change the meaning. The government says the economy is improving, though people do not seem to feel [Read more…]

Non-Errors in the English Language (Part 2)

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If your high school English teach was anything like my teacher, she/he probably always emphasized the “rule” about NOT using conjunctions to begin your sentence.  “You must never begin a sentence with a conjunction” is the mantra of many an English teacher.  Just because “everyone” says it is a rule does not necessarily mean it is true, though.  In fact, many a grammar “expert” will tell you that this arbitrary rule does not hold much sway. I can go on and on and repeat that I believe that using conjunctions such as “but” and “and” to begin a sentence is [Read more…]

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