I don’t claim to be any kind of awesome writer, and because of this, there are phrases I avoid simply because I don’t like them. Until I started listening to the Grammar Girl podcasts I wasn’t really interested in knowing the truth. I can’t control what anyone else says or does in their writing so rather than learn the truth I just decide to avoid using terms I’m not sure about.
Apparently I’m not the only one who hates “All of a sudden” and its cousin “All of the sudden” because the debate is pretty fierce.
What’s a sudden?
What’s the sudden?
Apparently “all of a sudden” is correct, but if you (like me) can’t stomach saying either, then let’s join together and use the word “suddenly” when it’s necessary. There’s always a different way to say it and with such a hot debate between the two phrases, does it really matter which one you use? Someone will always think you’re wrong.