The thread title is what a student teacher under my charge actually wrote on a whiteboard for the students to copy down. Yes it's true. A year 9 English class who were studying Macbeth. I can't believe she wrote that, everybody knows he used a dagger!...
This was in London, right? Or everybody in the M3 class in Thailand was born in Old Blighty, right? Seriously, you're not teaching directly from original Shakespeare to M3 average kids in Thailand, are you? Even in a third year EP, are they ready for "to be or not to be, that is the question." when it isn't phrased as a question grammatically, and both infinitive phrases are subjects? Ye gads Yorrick! Will my gerunds never be clean?
"The times I've been mistaken, it's impossible to say" - by the Moody Blues
Well if she wrote 'stabed' him then that would be okay. Did they even use the word dagger back then? Was it a short sword or knife? Hell I don't even know what you are talking about. Is the MacBeth that big burger with the sliced beets on it they sell at McDs in London?
wots a SORD? is it like a sword?
I know a native speaker who teaches English who spelled the word "foreigner" like "forener"
Lot of sharp ones in the business, ay?
The more I read the more I feel that nothing really matters. If we can have people speaking broken English leading countries and advising the world at the UN then why should we be worried about written language? how about deleting any post that has grammar or spelling mistakes? How many posts would be in the archives?
Liverpool PB, not London. And yes Shakespeare is on the National Curricculum. But unfortunately this bright young thing clearly hadn't studied it very much herself.
You know when people talk about declining standards and what-not...
This post is 100 percent true by the way, it's not a wind-up...
Thanks for clarifying, laoshi. My gerunds feel much cleaner now.
Glad to see the bard at last on the curriculum here although maybe a trifle ambitious for the somchais to be teaching. Was the teacher under your wing a local or a paleface?
To be or not to be, is that redundancy?