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Grammar Usage: Totally agrees with California writer

Sue M. Smith writes:
Can you stand one more comment on the incorrect grammar usage?

I have to say, I was appalled when I read in the newspapers that the victim was "ran over". I am from Kentucky and was educated in Kentucky.

I had a teacher in the 8th grade who "preached" constantly about incorrect grammar--she told us things like "ran over" were considered "non-standard English" and she better not hear or see anyone speaking it or writing it; she said when you do that, you are "butchering" the English language. In fact, when we had writing assignments she warned that any non-standard English usage would be an automatic "F" grade. She kept her word--there were always several in the class who received an "F" grade. - Sue M Smith
Of course you and the California writer are right about the consequence on speaking non-standard English - at least economically speaking. Some of us who have the education of a billy goat - even with degree(s) - know that standard English is essential for business. On the other hand, literature would be so bland if all of Elmore Leonard's and John Kennedy Toole's characters spoke only standard English, wouldn't it? - EW

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