Is our educational system impoverished by the lack of instruction in grammar? I set forth opposing views in the form of a dialogue between stalwart interlocutors. This is the second part of a three-part series.
Socrates: Tell me, Aristophanes, what are the problems that grammatical education is intended to remedy?
Aristophanes: For example, people are messing up irregular verbs: drink–drank–drunk, sling–slung–slung, spring–sprang–sprung, strive–strove–striven.
Socrates: What of it?
Aristophanes: People don’t know the difference between a simple past tense and a past participle. It’s putting them at a disadvantage.
Socrates: What else?
Aristophanes: Pronouns. Lots of people are saying Jimmy and me are going to the store …
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