OK, I’ve said a few times in this book that schools have a lot to answer for. The things we’re taught at school can stay absolutely etched into our heads for the rest of our lives, and sometimes I feel like I spend most of my career unpicking some of these things.

Not that teachers teach these things out of mischief. I’m sure they all want their wards to get on in life, and think that some grumpy employer somewhere is going to see them split an infinitive and write them off as a dunderhead. But lots of the things we were taught were grammatical rules are nothing more than old wives’ tales, promulgated by people who don’t know very much about ...

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