Trump Letter Sent Back w/Corrections

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Trump sent a retired teacher a letter about gun policy. She fixed the grammar and sent it back.

Retired English teacher sends Trump a grammar lesson

Yvonne Mason taught English for 17 years, so she couldn’t resist correcting President Trump’s grammatical errors when she received a letter from him. (Allie Caren/The Washington Post)
Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
June 1, 2018 at 4:11 a.m. PDT
When Yvonne Mason first opened the letter, she read it all the way through. It did, after all, have the president’s seal at the top and his signature at the bottom.

But sometime around the third read, something began to irk the retired teacher, who had spent 17 years of her life refining the English skills of middle and high school students:

Look at all these unnecessarily capitalized letters, she thought.

“Federal” and “Nation” and “State” and “States” — common nouns capitalized as if they were proper nouns. And too many of the sentences began with the ninth letter of the alphabet: “I signed into law” and “I also directed.”

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