Writing used to be bound by all sorts of rules. There are still a few people out there who stick to the script – making sure that every ‘t’ is crossed, every ‘i’ dotted and every grammatical point in the right place.
These days however, the tight rules surrounding grammar have loosened slightly and you’re far more likely to get away with a lot more.
For instance, starting a sentence with the word ‘but’ used to be a complete no-no, as was starting one with a number. But in books, magazines and newspapers you can see more and more people doing it.
Perhaps the one area where good grammar is priceless is when the old apostrophe is used. So many people get this one wrong but once you know what you’re doing, it’s not hard at all.
Whether you’re missing one out entirely or sticking one in just for good measure, knowing when to use an apostrophe and when not to, is essential if you’re writing is ever going to make sense.
Creating new sentences and phrases should be fun and loosening the rules makes more things possible. However, make sure you know the very basics before you put pen to paper, or worse, ink on card. There’s nothing worse than spending time and effort putting something together only to discover large bits of it don’t make grammatical sense.
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