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To the Student Who Asked Why He Earned a "C" on an Essay about Love by Clint Margrave | Monday, June 27, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

Because love has its own grammar, its own sentences, some that run-on too long, others just fragments. It uses a language not always appropriate or too informal, and often lacks clarity. Love is punctuated all wrong, changes tenses abruptly, relies heavily on the first person, can be redundant, awkward, full of unnecessary repetition. Every word... Read more »