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Thanks for the information! I wish I visited this forum more often.
Perhaps I'm a little behind the times, but I've learned about the so-called "ban" on split infinitives and prepositions at the very end of a sentence only thanks to this site. As for the other myths, it was drummed into me at school that sentences beginning with 'and' or 'but' were 'bad, very very bad English". Double negatives? No way! They were declared outlaws. However, we never had problems with 'none' or 'data'.
It seems to me [it's only my personal opinion] that both the quantity and 'quality' of such myths vary from counrty to country. For example, a very common myth here is about 'some' and 'any', the former to be used in affirmative sentences and the latter in negative sentences and questions, and it takes plenty of time to dispel it. Starting a sentence with 'because' was also frowned upon by my teachers and tutors. Because it's bad English, such structures are best avoided :)
My advice with such 'myths' is that for business, formal, or academic writing, they should be followed. In informal or creative writing, you can break the "rules" as much as you like. The reasoning is that, while many people recognise that not splitting the infinitive can make your writing sound overly heady and sometime unclear, many people still subscribe to these myths as rules.
In a setting where your writing is being judged by others and where their opinon is crucial, I suggest following these 'myths' as 'rules', unless your boss/professor/interviewer makes it clear that doing otherwise is acceptable.
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