Grammar rules

I copied this from an old local BBS where the author of this was attributed as "Ross". It was long ago, so who this Russ is, much less the original source, is long lost.

Here's a list of grammar rules I compiled awhile ago from several sources. It's probably been posted before, long ago and far away...

Remember to never split an infinitive. The passive voice should never be used. Do not put statements in the negative form. Verbs has to agree with their subjects. Don't use no double negatives. Proofread carefully to see if you any words out. If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing. A writer must not shift your point of view. And don't start a sentence with a conjunction. Never, ever use repetitive redundancies. If I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times, resist the hyperbole. If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is. Remember, too, that a preposition is a terrible thing to end a sentence with. The adverb always follows the verb. "Don't overuse 'quotation "marks"' or exclamation points!!!" Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided. Place pronouns, especially in long sentences, as of ten or more words, close to their anticedents. Everyone should be careful to use a singular noun with singular pronouns in their writing. Don't string too many prepositional phrases together unless you are walking through the valley of the shadow of death. Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors. Always pick on the right idiom. Steer clear of incorrect verb forms that have snuck into the language. Eschew dialect, irregardless. Avoid colloquial stuff. Don't use trendy locutions that sound flaky. Last but not least, avoid cliches like the plague; seek viable alternatives.

/|\ Russ.