From Strunk & White's The Elements of Style:
The subject of a sentence and the principal verb should not, as a rule, be separated by a phrase or clause that can be transferred to the beginning.As if an over-abundance of unintentionally ironic and generally useless advice weren't enough, there's the just plain incompetent grammar. Witness the following alleged examples of the passive voice:
- There were a great number of dead leaves lying on the ground.
- It was not long before she was very sorry that she had said what she had.
- The reason that he left college was that his health became impaired.