Some language experts learned that you must replace the phrase “try and” with “try to.” So, let’s try and debunk that zombie rule. (Spoiler alert: we do!)
While you may have learned that the words “each” and “either” have different meanings, this is actually a zombie rule that does not need to be followed.
Double negatives are widely considered illogical, as they often result in an unintended positive meaning. However, there are some cases where a double negative might benefit a writer’s work.
Zombie rules seem follow you around like the undead, though some are just stylistic choices. Here’s a breakdown on the outdated rules involving “curate” and “reveal.”
In this series, learn why zombie rules don’t work and what rule you can follow instead. This week, we’ll tackle the “likely” and “probably.”
Boldly go where grammar peevers don’t want you to go! Splitting verb phrases and infinite verbs is perfectly grammatical in English.
Don’t start a sentence with “hopefully”? Hopefully, you’ll read this article and learn why you can.
A few grammar peevers will insist that “none” means “not one” and must take a singular verb. But there’s more to the story.
“Don’t start a sentence with ‘and’ or ‘but,'” we’re told. But no one updates that rule when our skills grow. Let’s fix that.
We’ve been taught not to start sentences with “however.” Why you can dismiss that rule.