I came across an article titled “Science Says You Can Split Infinitives and Use the Passive Voice.” It’s derived from this book: The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker. This could be welcome news.
Pinker, a linguist, brings science to how we construct our verbiage and deflates what he calls “bogus rules” with “a brief but highly liberating list of glorious rule-breaking activities.” Sprinkled with good examples, I was gratified to see that I already observe these new guidelines both as a writer and an editor. Fun to check out.
Here are some of the subheads:
- Do split infinitives.
- Do use the passive voice (at the right times).
- Do begin sentences with conjunctions.
- Do end a sentence with a preposition.
- And yes, Virginia, you can even use the singular "they/their/them."
For what it’s worth.
© 2015 Ray Rhamey