So there’s this little guy in one of my classes. His English is pretty proficient, and he’s started augmenting his grammar lessons, to my delight.

The exercises he’s working on give him a grammatically incorrect sentence, and then there’s a line below, where he has to write the sentence correctly. It looks like this:

I want those books. Please give it to me.

He’s always sailed through getting the grammar right, but now he puts ‘Dude’ into everything:

I want those books, Dude. Please give them to me.

I can’t mark him down for his grammar, and I often encourage him by reading out his work in my best surfer-dude voice.

Hey, it’s November. I’m keeping things light over here.

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