Elephant cartoon with a pencil and note pad.

Important Rules of Writing

  1. Each pronoun agrees with their antecedent.

  2. Just between you and I case is important.

  3. Verbs has to agree with their subjects.

  4. Watch out for irregular verbs which have crope into our language.

  5. Don't use no double negatives.

  6. A writer mustn't shift your point of view.

  7. When dangling, don't use participles.

  8. Join clauses good, like a conjunction should.

  9. Don't write a run-on sentence you have to punctuate it.

  10. About sentence fragments.

  11. In a letter themes reports articles and stuff like that we use commas to keep a string of items apart.

  12. Don't use commas, which aren't necessary.

  13. Its very important that you use apostrophe's right.

  14. Don't abbrev.

  15. Check to see if you have any words out.

  16. As far as incomplete constructions, they are wrong.

  17. Never use a preposition to end a sentence with.

  18. It is important to never ever under any circumstances split an infinitive.

  19. The active voice is preferred.

  20. Use of the passive voice is to be avoided.

  21. Eschew obfuscation.

  22. Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.

  23. Last but not least, avoid cliches like the plague.
[ Author unknown - received from Chris Long at 'Laugh & Lift' (www.laughandlift.com) ]

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