Grammar sucks.

I am about to walk into the classroom and do a lesson emphasizing that “little words are important.”  I am somewhat uncomfortable with lumping all possessive pronouns, articles, and prepositions into the category of “little words” (not the least because “beside” isn’t particularly little) but I don’t know how else to put it in terms that won’t mire us unproductively for forty-five minutes or intimidate them.

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