I received what follows from Russell Maylone (Northwestern University), but its source (prior to Russell) is not clear to me. No matter: what follows--a compendium of useful tips to writers who seek to clear up in their own writing some of the many problems writers commonly face--is simply too good not to share, source known or unknown.


Remember that the subject and verb always has to agree.
When dangling, watch your participles.
Do not use a foreign term when there is an adequate English quid pro quo.

If you must use a foreign term, it is derigor to spell it correctly.

It behooves the writer to avoid archaic expressions.

Do not use hyperbole: not one writer in a billion can use it effectively.

Avoid cliches like the plague.

Mixed metaphors are a pain in the rump and ought to be thrown out the window. 

Placing a comma between subject and predicate, is not correct.
Parenthetical words however should be enclosed in commas.
Don't use tautological, repetitive or redundant statements.

Remember to never split an infinitive.
The passive voice shouldn't be used.
Use the apostrophe in it's proper place and omit it when its not needed.
Don't use no double negatives.
Proofread carefully to ee if you have any words out.
Hopefully, you will use words correctly. Irregardless of how others use them. 
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
Avoid colloquial stuff.
No sentence fragments.
Remember to finish what you.

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