This is an excellent article about grammar and its many misconceptions. Worth a read.
A couple of years ago, I traveled to Italy. When we were in Rome, the woman who was acting as our tour guide (a native of Rome) warned us to make sure we crossed the street in the marked crosswalks.
“We have traffic laws,” she half-joked, “but they’re more like guidelines.”
The same can be said for English grammar “rules.” We get ourselves into trouble when we remain inflexible about punctuation, usage, or even word meaning. It is because the language is forever in flux.
I like to think of English as a “mutt” language; its DNA is made up of lots of other languages, and it continues to change. All those invasions of the British Isles over the centuries as well as modern communication connections cause constant transformation of the language.
Like the tide on a beach, the way we use English ebbs and flows. This is what makes…
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