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    teacher to?

    Hi :)

    I think that to say I teach Spanish to adults is correct. But what about I am a Spanish teacher to adults or I am a Spanish teacher for adults.

    Do we use to or for

    And what about this other one:
    I have been in few workshops regarding this matter
    It is possible to say:
    I have been in a few workshops regarding this matter


    Thanks a lot

    abrilsp[/b]

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    Re: teacher to?

    I teach Spanish to adults. OK
    Ditransitive Verb:
    teach something to someone (DO + IO)
    teach someone something (IO + DO)

    I am a Spanish teacher to adults ~ for adults not OK
    Linking Verb:
    be + adjective or noun (*to and *for head prepositional phrases)


    I have been in a few workshops regarding this matter. OK
    ('a few' means, some but not many. 'some' = positive: That is, I have been to at least a few workshops, whereas Sam has been to none.)

    I have been in few workshops regarding this matter OK
    ('few' means, not many. Lack of 'a' = negative: That is, out of the 10 workshops I have been to, few gave out free books.)

    :D

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    Hi :)
    Thanks a lot for your help, but know I have another query:

    teach someone something (IO + DO)
    So, I teach adults English , is it correct?

    Thanks,
    abrilsp

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    So, I teach adults English , is it correct?
    Beautiful

    :D

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    Thanks a lot Casiopea (very nice name)!

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    Hi :)

    I am a Spanish teacher to adults ~ for adults not OK
    Linking Verb:
    be + adjective or noun (*to and *for head prepositional phrases)
    So how does it work then?

    I am a Spanish teacher of adults

    Thanks

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    I am a Spanish teacher of adults

    That probably means the nationality not the subject.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I am a Spanish teacher of adults

    That probably means the nationality not the subject.
    Isn't "I am a teacher of adults" okay? What about "I am an ESL teacher of adults"? Then there is "I am an English teacher of adults", which means the person teaches English to adults. I do not think under the context that English identifies the person's nationality. Instead, it identifies the subject that person teaches.

    What do you think?

    :)

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    I teach Spanish to adults\I teach adults Spanish would both be clearer, IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I teach Spanish to adults\I teach adults Spanish would both be clearer, IMO.
    That might be true, but surely (in the sentence in question) of is an improvement over to or for? (It was my suggestion.)

    :wink:

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