Top 10 Tips For Writing Good English In Your Blog Posts

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:

  1. Don’t use no double negatives.
  2. Make each pronoun agree with their antecedent.
  3. When dangling, watch your participles.
  4. Don’t use commas, which aren’t necessary.
  5. Verbs has to agree with their subjects.
  6. About those sentence fragments.
  7. Try to not ever split infinitives.
  8. It is important to use apostrophe’s correctly.
  9. Always read what you have written to see you any words out.
  10. 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.