I almost ran away from it too when I was still dining with that subject. Also, there are also some troublesome and illogical rules of the English grammar that the teachers say, but usually violate before they leave the classroom.
This is because the rules are not practicable. The era of prescribing the language is gone. This is the era of giving the users the freedom of using the language the way they feel like as long as they do not violate the basic principles of the language.
I was taught the rules in my undergraduate days, but it sounded like the usual phrase in the popular surrogate advert in Nigeria: Smokers are liable to die Young. If that phrase is impactful, how come the number of smokers increases unimaginably? .
- What are you referring to? They expect you to write:
- To what are you referring? How practicable is this rule?
- What are you paying for?
- For what are you paying? Can you interpret them the same way?
- I want you to always read your book.✖
The assumption of this rule is that TO READ is one word and must not be split. Well,the rule has no basis in the English language. Splitting the infinitive is not considered an error because it has a Latin origin.
- I want you to read your book always.