At our meetings, we often end up chatting about grammar. There seems to be an assumption that grammar changes all the time. I’m not so sure. Words do of course, but not grammar – even going back to Shakespeare, the structure isn’t all that different.
Rules do change for different mediums – readers are much more forgiving of conventions on text or twitter – but not books so much.
One of my favourite books on the subject, I forgot to mention yesterday, was Strunk and White, ‘The Elements of Style’ (EB White of Charlottes Web fame). First written in 1919 and published in 1957. It’s first edition quickly sold 2 million copies. My edition is 1979. It’s 92 pages, great index and an easy read. Excellent advice on active voice and omitting needless words, not explaining too much and loads more.
I read it every now and then, as a reminder, and is my go to book for checking on the rules.
I think grammar and style are like road rules. Apart from police, no one really cares if you go a little over the speed limit or don’t completely stop at a stop sign. But driving on the wrong side of the road … might be a thrilling ride, and mandatory for car chases, it can be a bit of a problem.