Emily’s more natural English

An interesting change has happened with Emily’s English text messaging. As recently as a month ago she’d come to me to check her composition, which usually included some errors such as incorrect prepositions or particles. I’d help her tune her sentences to represent proper English grammar. Textbook English. Square and true.

Lately, she’s coming with sentences which are not only correct, but glazed with that casual ease more akin to spoken language than formal writing. I’m sure she’s picking this up from her friends; from their speech as well as their texts. It’s a first hint a coming fluency I think. When writing transitions from the proper mechanics of formal grammar, to the less structured flow of thoughts and observations passed casually between friends.

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