- Tips for Proper English
- Adapted with permission from “How to Write Good,” Frank L. Visco, copyright 1986
- 1. Avoid alliteration. Always.
- 2. Never use a long word when a diminutive one
- 4. Employ the vernacular.
- 5. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations,
- 6. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant)
- 7. Remember to never split an
- 8. Contractions aren't necessary.
- 9. Foreign words and phrases are not
- 10. One should never generalize.
- 11. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "I hate quotations. Tell me what you
- 12. Comparisons are as bad as
- 13. Don't be redundant; don't use more words than necessary; it's highly superfluous.
- 14. Be more or less specific.
- 15. Understatement is always best.
- 16. One-word sentences? Eliminate.
- 17. Analogies in writing are like feathers on
- 18. The passive voice is to be
- 19. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid
- 20. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should
- 21. Who needs rhetorical
- 22. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than
- 23. Don't never use a double
- 24. capitalize every sentence and remember
always end it with point
- 25. Do not put statements in the negative
- 26. Verbs have to agree with their
- 27. Proofread carefully to see if you words
- 28. If you reread your work, you can find on
rereading a great deal
- of repetition can be avoided by rereading and
- 29. A writer must not shift your point of
- 30. And don't start a sentence with a
- (Remember, too, a preposition is a terrible word to end a sentence with.)
- 31. Don't overuse exclamation
- 32. Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long sentences, as of 10 or more words, to their
- 33. Writing carefully, dangling participles
must be avoided.
- 34. If any word is improper at the end of a
sentence, a linking verb is.
- 35. Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing
- 36. Avoid trendy locutions that sound
- 37. Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun with singular nouns in their
- 38. Always pick on the correct
- 39. The adverb always follows the
- 40. Last but not least, avoid cliches like the
- They're old hat; seek viable
- Other Versions:
- 1.Don't abbrev.
- 2.Check to see if you any words
- 3.Be carefully to use adjectives and adverbs
- 4.About sentence fragments.
- 5.When dangling, don't use
- 6.Don't use no double negatives.
- 7.Each pronoun agrees with their
- 8.Just between you and I, case is
- 9.Join clauses good, like a conjunction
- 10.Don't use commas, that aren't
- 11.Its important to use apostrophe's
- 12.It's better not to unnecessarily split an
- 13.Never leave a transitive verb just lay
there without an object.
- 14.Only Proper Nouns should be capitalized. also a sentence should begin with a capital and end with a
- 15.Use hyphens in compound-words, not just in
any two-word phrase.
- 16.In letters compositions reports and things like that we use commas to keep a string of items apart.
- 17.Watch out for irregular verbs which have
creeped into our language.
- 18.Verbs has to agree with their
- 19.Avoid unnecessary redundancy.
- 20.A writer mustn't shift your point of
- 21.Don't write a run-on sentence you've got to
- 22.A preposition isn't a good thing to end a
- 23.Avoid cliches like the plague.
- 24.It is wrong to ever split an
- 25.Profanity sucks.