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“OMG this is WRONG!”
Retired English Teacher Marks Basic Grammatical Mistakes in White House Letter, Mails It Back

June 1, 2018

A teacher in Georgia responded the only way she knew how after receiving a letter from President Donald Trump filled with grammar mistakes: covering the paper with ink and yellow highlighted corrections.

Yvonne Mason, a teacher now living in Atlanta (who taught in Greenville, South Carolina for 17 years) took a picture of a letter Trump sent her regarding school safety and gun violence and posted it on Facebook -- marking it up as if it were a student's work. (See link below.)

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"Have y'all tried grammar and style check?" Mason wrote on the top of the page, which was filled with notes written in purple ink and yellow highlighter by the teacher.

Mason also circled the "N" in "Nation" twice on the page writing first, "not part of proper noun construction," and then on the second instance: "OMG this is WRONG!"

The Greenville News first reported Mason's response to the letter. CBS News, CNN and other media outlets picked up on the story. The New York Times reported that Mason is a Democrat and former high school English teacher who retired last year and wrote to the President asking him to visit each family of those who died in the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that took 17 lives.

Mason conceded that she knew a White House staffer -- not Mr. Trump himself -- probably crafted the letter. But Mason could not contain her disappointment in its quality.

"When you get letters from the highest level of government, you expect them to be at least mechanically correct," Mason told the Greenville News.

Mason also seemed to take issue with the overuse of the "I" in Mr. Trump's letter, as evidenced by the pronoun being highlighted five times in yellow.

"If it had been written in middle school, I'd give it a C or C-plus," Mason told the newspaper. "If it had been written in high school, I'd give it a D."

The President has often received criticism for misspelling and syntax errors, particularly on Twitter.

Source: Greenville News, CBS News, CNN, New York Times



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