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A child's garden of grammar by Tom Disch

By Tom Disch

Mild verse and eccentric illustrations make grammar their playground

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For Maybe's acts are not his own: His life's a die that's never thrown, A Phantom jet that's not been flown. Although he might, he might not, too: He could be me, he could be you. Page 26 Not, That Nasty Little Snot Page 27 Not Not, that nasty little snot, Must always disagree. If you express the simplest thought, He'll say it cannot be. He'll look you in the eye and say Your nose is not your own. " Page 28 Yes, in is in, Without a Doubt, and Just as Clearly Out is Out. Page 29 In and Out Guess who's the in preposition this year And who, word has it, is out on her ear?

Then Lay will come along and say ''You shouldn't mope about all day. Come out, have fun, be transitive! " "Enough already of rise and shine," Lie would reply as he lay supine. "Don't lay a guilt trip on me, man. I lead the kind of life I can.  No! In-transitive's the way to go For a peaceful sort of soul like me.  To speak politely or To flout the rule that cannot be Broken with impunity. Grammar's first law and holy writ: Infinitives must not be split, And never ask the reason why. You may be thinking what if I Were on a plane about to crash.

Page 56 Page 57 Lie and Lay Lie, that lazy little verb, Puts up a sign, Do Not Disturb, When he is lying in his bed, Curled up asleep beneath the spread. Then Lay will come along and say ''You shouldn't mope about all day. Come out, have fun, be transitive! " "Enough already of rise and shine," Lie would reply as he lay supine. "Don't lay a guilt trip on me, man. I lead the kind of life I can.  No! In-transitive's the way to go For a peaceful sort of soul like me.  To speak politely or To flout the rule that cannot be Broken with impunity.

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