Coincidentally, when I signed on to wordpress to write my blogpost this evening, I came across this interesting piece written by a fellow wordpress blogger concerning common misconceptions about grammar rules:
This is extremely interesting to me – some of these are rules I have taken incredibly seriously and often take to correcting in my own (and others’) speech…especially the one about not ending a sentence with a preposition. That being said, I’ve also broken some of these rules – and been chastised for it by certain teachers. I have often began sentences with the words “and” and “but,” and felt completely justified in using them.
So what does this mean for us as teachers? Is this blogger completely correct in what she has written? Should we continue to teach and enforce these rules if they’re not correct?