Laying down the law is a risky business. Michael Gove has been instructing his civil servants on grammar, but there is a snag.
There is a conflict. Look at these “rules”.
- It is good to read great writers to see how the job is done, and learn from them. A list of great writers has been provided by Mr Gove for guidance.
- Mr Gove is a fan of the “rule” that one should never begin a sentence with “however”.
This post from David Crystal gives examples of sentences from these great writers begin with “however”.
I suspect it is almost impossible to find a great writer who abides by all the “rules”.
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