Grammar Myths

Which is correct – different from or different than?

The choice between using different from versus different than is another one of those English language myths. Prescriptivists argue that different from is the only correct form that educated people would choose. Indeed, some discussion boards on this usage point reveal that some purists feel so strongly they cite the decline or dumbing down of …

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Is it wrong to end a sentence with a preposition?

In the previous post, we dealt with the myth that infinitives should not be split. Although there is no grammatical basis for this rule, teachers, writers, and editors continue to espouse it, and even those who know it is not true admit that they look on split infinitives unfavorably and judge their own or other …

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