National Grammar Day Is March 4

 [5]   Barrel riders know how important it is to quickly leave the starting gate.

       Correction: Trick question. There is no error. The rule against split infinitives died somewhere back in the 1890s. How else can we expect “to boldly go where no man has gone before”? However, you could improve this sentence by putting “quickly” at the very end of the sentence – not to avoid a split infinitive but to add punch.


Have a grammar question that’s bugging you?  Send me a note; I’ll do my best. Also, once upon a time (for a book on good business writing) I created a list of words that are frequently misused. Anyone want me to include it in the next newsletter?


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