#EngGrammar: 5 Grammar Myths Debunked

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As we have told you many times, grammar is extremely important in formal writing and speaking. Today I want to share you some grammar myths and the explanation why each of those is a myth!

  1. Myth 1: You cannot use “they” or “them” to describe an individual. | Fact: Where a person’s gender is not known, there is no equivalent to “he” or “she” that can be used to describe the person. In writing, people would prefer to use “he/she”: “Somebody ate my lunch, and he/she should pay for it.” In spoken English, most people would say “Somebody ate my lunch, and they should pay for it.” This is acceptable.
  2. Myth 2: You shouldn’t start a sentence with the word “however”. | Fact: it’s fine to start a sentence with “however” so long as you use a comma after it when it means “nevertheless”.
  3. Myth 3: “irregardless” is not a word. | Fact: “irregardless” is a word, but a bad one. You shouldn’t use it if you want to be taken seriously.
  4. Myth 4: You shouldn’t end a sentence with a preposition. | Fact: You shouldn’t do it when the sentence would mean the same thing if you left off the preposition. Example: “Where are you going to?” is wrong because “Where are you going?” means the same thing.
  5. Myth 5: You cannot start a sentence with “and” or “but”. | Fact: Authors have been starting sentences with “and” and “but” in English for hundreds of years. Some people may not like the style, but sometimes it can help to emphasize the sentence. Example: “And they live happily ever after”. It sounds nice, isn’t it?

We have posted 5 grammar myths earlier here: https://englishtips4u.com/2012/09/28/engtrivia-debunk-some-grammar-myths/.

In the end, there’s a simple test to spot a bad grammar rule. Smithsonian magazine once advised: If it makes your English stilted and unnatural, it’s probably a fraud.


Compiled and written by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTipsU on August 16, 2013





2 thoughts on “#EngGrammar: 5 Grammar Myths Debunked”

  1. “Fact: Where a person’s gender is not known, there is no equivalent to “he” or “she” that can be used to describe the person.”

    No, this is also a myth. “He” is perfectly acceptable grammatically, though some choose not to use it for sociological reasons.

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