Sometimes, school work will include questions where the correct answer is “none.” For example, “Identify any subordinate clauses in this sentence: The movie was too long.”
Today, I started telling my classes that workbook assignments that ask them to write “none” as the answer to a question are boring. Instead, I asked them to start putting “aardvark” as the answer to such questions. This resulted in some practice questions in class going like this:
Me: So how many commas need to be added to this example to make it correct?
Me: Very good.