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Grammer question: "The book what I read "

Discussion in 'Primary' started by Sharpencil, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. Sharpencil

    Sharpencil New commenter

    Hi all!
    I am writing reports, and I have a child with poor spoken grammar. A typical exchange would be:
    Me: "Which is your favourite book?"
    Him: "The one what I read yesterday."
    I want to write something about it in his report- but I can't explain it succinctly.
    Can anyone help me by saying which grammar rules he's breaking?
     
  2. Sharpencil

    Sharpencil New commenter

    Hi all!
    I am writing reports, and I have a child with poor spoken grammar. A typical exchange would be:
    Me: "Which is your favourite book?"
    Him: "The one what I read yesterday."
    I want to write something about it in his report- but I can't explain it succinctly.
    Can anyone help me by saying which grammar rules he's breaking?
     
  3. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Which rule? Do you need to be that precise? Can you not just say something like 'XXX sometimes needs support to speak in grammatically correct sentences and this also hinders his writing'?
     
  4. Sharpencil

    Sharpencil New commenter

    I don't suppose I do need to be that precise, but the parents make the same mistake, so unless I'm specific they won't realise what I mean. I don't have room to give long winded examples, I just wondered if there was a way to chop it down to something equivalent to: "X uses a split infinitive in speech". They can at least google it.
    Perhaps there isn't a rule though. Knowledge of grammer isn't exactly my strong point either! I am very correct, but I don't know the rules, I just grew up being spoken to properly.
     
  5. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    In that case you are on to a losing wicket. If the parents do not see it as incorrect then the child won't. I'd not bother to mention it myself as I'd not want to offend the parents, who won't knowingly speak incorrectly.

    Mention things that parents can help the child with.
     
  6. I would be hard pressed to find a parent who DOES speak grammatically correctly in my class.
     
  7. Is it affecting their writing? If so, focus on the writing. If not, leave well alone. People speak differently all over the country and you risk causing offence for very little result.
     
  8. Sorry, didn't mean to press quote there!
     
  9. becktonboy

    becktonboy New commenter

    I agree with the minx, explaining to the parents that their child uses an
    interrogative pronoun as a relative pronoun is not going to help anyone
    with anything.
     

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