How to Write English Good
From the Yogi Berra School of Brooklynese

  1. It has come to our considered attention that in a great many cases, far too many people use many more words than is absolutely necessary when engaged in the time-honored practice of writing sentences.

  2. Avoid dyed-in-the-wool cliches like the plague.

  3. About sentence fragments.

  4. Verbs has to agree with their subjects.

  5. Avoid the use of foreign phrases in your written tete-a-tetes.

  6. A couple of points to remember are: (1) consistency and (b) use parallel construction.

  7. Prooffread your work to avoid mispellings.

  8. Don't verb nouns.

  9. If the writer is considerate of the reader, he won't have a problem with ambiguous sentences.

  10. Its important to make sure a pronoun is used properly. Make sure it's possessive is correct.

  11. The smothering of verbs is a cause of weakening of the sentence impact.

  12. The passive voice should be avoided.

  13. A preposition is something you should not end a sentence with. Or as Winston Churchill observed, "This is the type of nonsense up with which I will not put!"

  14. Beware of dangling participles writing sentences.

  15. This sentence no verb.

  16. Don't never use no double negatives. (The best example of this is in Gone with the Wind, "I don't know nothing 'bout birthing no babies.")

  17. It is good practice to never split infinitives.

  18. Be aware of the conditional form of a verb if you was to use it.

  19. Eschew Obfuscation!

  20. Avoid the utilization of enlarged verbal constructs when shortened examples will suffice.