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Retired English teacher corrects 'stylistically appalling' White House letter

FILE- In this May 16, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump listens to a question in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

A retired public school teacher in Greenville, S.C. received a letter from the White House and sent it back with grammar and stylistic corrections.

"Have ya'll tried grammar & style check?" Yvonne Mason wrote at the top of the letter from President Donald Trump.

Mason worked for 17 years teaching English composition to high school and middle school students. "I have never, ever, received a letter with this many silly mistakes," she told The Greenville News. "It's stylistically appalling."

Mason posted a copy of the letter on Facebook. Using a purple pen, she corrected 11 instances of improperly capitalizing nouns. She also dinged the president for overusing the first person pronoun "I" in five sentences.

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

This is not the first time the nation's grammarians have bemoaned the president's violation of stylistic rules and norms.

On his Twitter feed, Trump regularly capitalizes words seemingly at random. The president also introduced a new word into the American lexicon in a tweet referring to "constant negative press covfefe."





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