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From:J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>
Date:Tuesday, November 6, 2001, 6:23
    A friend of mine sent me this in email today:

An English teacher at Iowa State University spent a lot of time marking
grammatical errors in her students' written work. She wasn't sure how much
impact she was having until one overly busy day when she sat at her desk
rubbing her temples.

A student asked, "What's the matter, Ms. Dalton?"

"Tense," she replied, describing her emotional state.

After a slight pause the student tried again, "What
was the matter? What has been the matter? What might have been the