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Just Finished Reading “Eats, Shoots & Leaves” #books

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Eats, Shoots & Leaves

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation is another book my mother gave me. It wasn’t a hint, she had received an extra copy and gave it to me.

I thought the book was fun, it taught me a lot about where I make mistakes in punctuation. It should really be taught at school, I can’t remember ever being taught how to correctly use a semicolon or a dash. (Did you spot me split that infinitive? Hack!)

So how would you grade me? 🙂

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

March 5, 2009 at 3:19 pm

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  1. A lot of really good iambic pentameter would never have been written if English-speaking people with good ears slavishly observed the no-split-inifinitives rule. It’s a stupid rule!!!

    Cheers,
    Janet

    Janet Cutrona

    March 13, 2009 at 6:26 pm

  2. There’s actually no such thing as the split infinitive. The infinitive of ‘use’ is actually, er, ‘use.’ ‘To use’ is a prepositional phrase and not an infinitive at all.

    Fowler, who wrote a guide to grammar, described people who avoid split infinitives as ‘bogy-haunted creatures’.

    Silver

    September 26, 2009 at 3:32 pm


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