By: David Kashmer MD MBA MBB FACS (@DavidKashmer)
Sometimes you read something so useful (and clever) that you just gotta share. For those of who who post on LinkedIn or other social media outlets, this one’s for you. I found these Martin Garnder’s 1975 book Gotcha:
Below is a list of ten rules compiled by Harold Evans,
editor of London’s Sunday Times:
- Don’t use no double negatives.
- Make each pronoun agree with their antecedent.
- When dangling, watch your participles.
- Don’t use commas, which aren’t necessary.
- Verbs has to agree with their subjects.
- About those sentence fragments.
- Try to not ever split infinitives.
- It is important to use apostrophe’s correctly.
- Always read what you have written to see you any words out.
- Correct spelling is esential.
Yes, it’s easy to see the English run amok in the sentences above. Much more challenging to see them in our own writing! (Ut-oh, there’s a number 6 in my very own sentence!)
Hope you find this magical top ten list to be a useful reminder of how to write good English in your professional posts on LinkedIn and beyond.