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    #1

    Scattering chalk dust all over the place. You're inhaling inhaling it. Not good.

    Don't bang the chalkboard eraser on the blackboard. It's scattering chalk dust all over the place. And you're inhaling inhaling it. That's not good.

    The phrases I particularly dislike:
    - it's scattering chalk dust all over the place
    - you're inhaling it
    - that's not good.

    A full revision of the above would be much appreciated.
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    #2

    Re: Scattering chalk dust all over the place. You're inhaling inhaling it. Not good.

    I can't find anything wrong with it - except that you've written 'inhaling' twice in the original. Naturally, if you don't like it, you can say it differently.

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    #3

    Re: Scattering chalk dust all over the place. You're inhaling inhaling it. Not good.

    Breathing it in is a clearer way to say inhaling which might be easier for a young child to understand.
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    #4

    Re: Scattering chalk dust all over the place. You're inhaling inhaling it. Not good.

    And for an even simpler version, "... you're getting it up your nose".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: Scattering chalk dust all over the place. You're inhaling inhaling it. Not good.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    And for an even simpler version, "... you're getting it up your nose".
    Certain children I know would take that as a sign of success.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: Scattering chalk dust all over the place. You're inhaling inhaling it. Not good.

    And you're inhaling inhaling it. That's not good.
    You could rewrite this, though it's OK:

    And you're inhaling it, which isn't good/which is harmful.

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