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Weird grammar

This is a good example of why all teachers responsible for grammar teaching should have some basic training in grammar – otherwise how can we expect to avoid such disasters? It’s no wonder most students come to my class saying they don’t like or don’t understand grammar.
Imagine if all teachers found grammar fun and interesting!
Anyway, here’s an excerpt from the Language Log:

Grammar is back in the news in Australia, and not in a good way

a school grammar guide that includes analyses like these:
In The small boy won’t eat his lunch,”won’t” is an adverb.
In The small boy is capable of eating his lunch, “capable of” is an adverb.
In a set of bowls, “set of” is an adjective.
In Sam’s folder, “Sam’s” is a possessive pronoun.

Read the full post here.