A Facebook friend was fretting over a dangling modifier and decided to go search for exceptions to this and other English grammar rules we were taught as children. She posted this article, which I highly recommend for my writing friends:
Dangle that modifier…and more…
You can start a sentence with a conjunction!
Here’s the Seven:
- Don’t split infinitives
- Don’t end a sentence with a preposition
- Don’t use “which” as a relative pronoun
- Don’t start a sentence with a conjunction
- Don’t use the passive voice
- Don’t neglect to use singular verbs
- Don’t use words to mean what they’ve been widely used to mean for 50 years or more
NOTE: for the complete article, you’ll want to read the referenced link above. Thanks to Ben Yagoda, who is the author of How to Not Write Bad: The Most Common Writing Errors and the Best Ways to Avoid Them (published last month by Riverhead) and nine other books. He is a Professor of English and Journalism at the University of Delaware. His website is http://www.benyagoda.com.