1.a It all went according to (lesson) plan, exercises and all, except that I suddenly came to notice [became aware of] the unsmiling faces of my students – they would trudge on [trudging/struggling] across the vast quicksands of grammar rules, trapped between / by implacable, stifling "do's and "don'ts".
1b. ... they would trudge on across the vast quick sands of grammar rules, implacably stating the “do's" and "don'ts” they had to closely observe on their arduous march;
Which of these two (1a or 1b do you find more appropriate?) Both a bit over the top. but with my changes I prefer the first. nb "quicksands".
2. I’m painfully aware of the fact that “Nobody’s perfect” and that, consequently, “Practice makes perfect”. Are you too? nb punctuation changes.
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