I'm wondering if I can use 'miss' with the meaning "skive off" in the sentence below:
We adored our history teacher and never missed his lessons.
Can I use "skip" and "play truant from" too?
We adored our history teacher and never skipped his lessons.
We adored our history teacher and never played truant from his lessons.
Thank you in advance!
I agree with bhaisa that 'play truant' is old-fashioned; it's rather formal, too - more likely to be used by teachers and parents than by pupils. I also feel that it is used more for missing whole sessions than just individual lessons. 'Skip' is fine.
When I last taught in an English secondary school (in 1998), 'bunk off' was commonly used by pupils; this has probably been replaced by another expression by now.
You can also cut classes.
"Skive off." I never would have guessed it had such an innocent meaning. I can go to sleep now; I've learned a new phrasal verb! However, I'm not going to be able to use it in public--I'm fairly certain that other Americans would also assume the worst.
Last edited by MiaCulpa; 12-Jan-2011 at 10:01.
I've cheched my dictionary.... and found no other meaning except the one connected with the idea of avoiding something. Do you mind telling us the other, not innocent one?
Last edited by MiaCulpa; 12-Jan-2011 at 12:33.