Outdated Writing Rules

download (3)Grammar and punctuation rules evolve over time, but some people still hold onto the past. It might get pretty tense, but we are here to take you into the present by clearing up some old writing rules. Out with the old and in with the new!

Ending a Sentence with a Preposition: What are we talking about? Just that, actually. You will no longer be ridiculed for ending a sentence with a preposition, at least not by every grammar enthusiast. However, since not everybody is on board with this yet, if you are doing any formal writing, it might be best to avoid the end-of-sentence preposition.

Two Spaces After Each Sentence: I was taught to always leave two spaces after each sentence, but that is no longer the standard practice. Now, the rule is to only leave one space after each sentence, so give the space bar some space and press it half as much as you used to.

The Oxford Comma: This is a controversial one in the editing/writing community. The Oxford comma, or serial comma, is the last comma in a series such as the following: They ate apples, oranges, and bananas.  In previous years, that last comma was necessary to make the sentence grammatically correct. In recent years, however, it has become acceptable to leave that comma out, as long as it doesn’t change the meaning of the sentence.

Some of you may still decide to stick to the traditional rules of writing and that is OK. However, we like to live by the new rules, so if you decide to join us, you know where we will be.

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