Friday, March 14, 2008

Xena the Grammarian

Irregardless of what you've been told, to really write well, there're some old grammar myths you should be aware of. However, new information has been offered that can dispel some of the silly things that cause us to write convoluted, corkscrew sentence just to avoid these non-foibles, e.g. answering "How are you?" with "I'm good."

It's all good.

2 comments:

Sya said...

I've been pretty aware of all those grammar myths for a while, but I still mentally struggle with that passive voice--especially in science writing. Active voice sounds better to my ear, but for the sake of clarity, passive may be better. It's perfectly understandable to say, "The solution was titrated" whereas "I titrated the solution" sounds kind of egomaniacal even when it's true.

Yahmdallah said...

I agree that active voice sounds better. Unfortunately, I naturally default to passive voice all too often (which you can probably tell by reading my blog all this time - and thanks for that).

Oh, your new site design is way cool. Kudos.