Use “i” after “e,” except after “c.”
Which unforgettable writing lesson did you learn in school? Are there any you still use today?
See if any of these ring a bell:
“A preposition is anything you can do to a barn, on the barn, in the barn, through the barn, etc.”
“KISS: ‘Keep It Short and Sweet’ or ‘Keep It Simple, Stupid.’”
“Humans should lay something down for their dogs to lie on.”
“When you write, show, don’t tell.”
“Less cake, fewer calories.”
And here’s one last lesson from a teacher who definitely made it stick: For a student who constantly wrote “alot” (instead of “a lot”), she wrote “a” on one hand in heavy ink and “lot” on the other. The student never forgot that lesson.
— Adapted from “Grade school writing lessons that communicators never forget,” Kristin Piombino, Ragan.com.