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Reprinted from News-To-Use, Vol.4, No.1.
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Grammar Quiz

We discovered this grammar advice in a back issue of the Editor¹s Workshop. It is attributed to former Texas Press Association president John Taylor, who is said to have used it for new staffers at his paper, the Sequin Gazette.

  1. Each pronoun should agree 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 cropt into the language.
  5. Don't use no double negatives. Not never.
  6. A writer should not shift your point of view.
  7. Don't write a run on sentence you must punctuate it.
  8. About sentence fragments.
  9. In articles and stuff like that we use commas to keep things apart without which we would have with doubt confusion.
  10. But, don't use, commas, which are not necessary.
  11. It's important to use you're apostrophe's correctly.
  12. Don't abbreviate unless nec.
  13. Check carefully to if you left any words out.
  14. In my opinion, I think that an author when he is writing something should not get accustomed to the habit of making use of too many redundant unnecessary words that he does not actually need in order to put his message across to the reader of the article.
  15. About repetition, the repetition of a word is usually not effective repetition.
  16. As far as incomplete constructions, they are wrong.
  17. Spel correckly.
  18. Last but not least, knock off the clich's.

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