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Grammar in a nutshell

I've just come across this great quote from William Safire's 'Great Rules of Writing' for the first time:

"Do not put statements in the negative form. And don't start sentences with a conjunction.

If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.

Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.

Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.

De-accession euphemisms. If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.

Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.

Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague."

Very funny, and goes to show how often the rules need to be broken to make writing interesting.

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