As proofreaders, we\u2019re obviously keen on good spelling and grammar. However, since we like to get invited to parties sometimes, we try to avoid being too pedantic when possible.\n\nNot all pedants are quite so chilled out, though, so you might want to keep an ear out for these grammar myths so that you can correct any overeager correctors you meet!\nMyth #1: Never Split an Infinitive\nThe \u201cinfinitive\u201d is a verb form where a verb is combined with \u201cto,\u201d such as \u201cto run\u201d or \u201cto jump.\u201d It\u2019s also the subject of one of the most common grammar myths around: \u201cNever split an infinitive.\u201d\n\nThe most famous example of a split infinitive comes from Star Trek, wherein various crews of the USS Enterprise are charged with a mission \u201cto boldly go where no one has gone before.\u201d\n\n[caption id="attachment_2622" align="aligncenter" width="247"] The Enterprise looks much smaller there than we remember.[\/caption]\n\nHere, the adverb \u201cboldly\u201d appears in the middle of the infinitive \u201cto go.\u201d As such, some people insist that it\u2019s grammatically incorrect and should be \u201cto go boldly where no one has gone before.\u201d\n\nThis \u201crule\u201d was popularized by Henry Alford in 1864, based on the idea that splitting infinitives was \u201cflying in the face of common usage.\u201d\n\nBut many writers have split infinitives throughout the history of modern English. And sometimes placing an adverb between \u201cto\u201d and a verb is a good way of ensuring clarity, since it removes ambiguity about the word being modified.\n\nKirk, Spock and friends can thus \u201cgo boldly\u201d without worrying too much about their grammar.\nMyth #2: Don\u2019t Start a Sentence with a Conjunction\nAnother common grammar myth is that you should never start a sentence with a conjunction, especially coordinating conjunctions (e.g., \u201cand,\u201d \u201cor\u201d or \u201cbut\u201d).\n\nIn fact, these terms can be used to start sentences if required. The myth may have origins in teachers noticing schoolchildren overusing conjunctions like \u201cand,\u201d such as in the following:\nWe went on holiday to Brazil. And mom went swimming in the sea. And dad got sunburn. And a monkey stole my lunch\u2026\n\n\n[caption id="attachment_2621" align="aligncenter" width="339"] Cheeky monkey![\/caption]\n\nWhen kids write like this, they might be told not to start sentences with conjunctions.\n\nHowever, while starting every sentence with \u201cand\u201d is clearly a bad idea, in some situations beginning a statement with a conjunction is fine, like presenting something as an afterthought:\nI need to buy milk. And cheese. But not bread.\nStarting a statement with a conjunction can also help to transition between sentences or enhance the flow of prose. It isn\u2019t always correct, especially when you\u2019re left with a sentence fragment in formal writing, but you can usually tell if a conjunction has been misused.\n\nAnnoyingly, this myth persists despite a consensus among grammarians and writers that it\u2019s nonsense. And as we\u2019ve done it several time in this blogpost, including at the start of this sentence, you can probably guess that we agree with the majority here.