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    As we have private classes, can we have semi private classess? Or can we say semi intensive courses? I mean are the terms semi private and semi intensive correct in English?

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    As we have private classes, can we have semi private classes? Or can we say semi intensive courses? I mean are the terms semi private and semi intensive correct in English?

    The prefix "semi-" is widely used to mean "to a degree", "partly", "almost". So terms like "semi-intensive" and "semi-private" would be fine, I feel, although they require a hyphen, unlike more established words such as "semipermanent" and "semidarkness".

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    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    I mean are the terms semi-private and semi-intensive correct in English?
    They would be hyphenated for a start.

    The terms are non-standard, but their meaning could be understood in the right context.

    Used in isolation, the reader would have to guess their meaning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    They would be hyphenated for a start.

    The terms are non-standard, but their meaning could be understood in the right context.

    Used in isolation, the reader would have to guess their meaning.

    Rover
    So what do you suggest as a standard term that is understandable even out of the context? Is there any term?
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    So what do you suggest as a standard term that is understandable even out of the context? Is there any term?
    Thanks.
    I can't imagine what form a "semi-private class" would take.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I can't imagine what form a "semi-private class" would take.
    I took one once, many years ago. It was originally set up for a group of patents lawyers. We agreed that they could bring in inerested colleagues occasionally, but that it was not open to everybody in the company who fancied dropping in. We had it on my timetable as 'semi-private'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I can't imagine what form a "semi-private class" would take.
    A class with one student (a one-student class) would be a "private class".
    A class with many students would be, I think, a group class.
    I meant a class with 2 or 3 students. Would it be a "semi-private class"?
    Maybe it's not understandable to you because you don't have this form in your country. But this is something normal here in my country. The students in such classes (semi-private class) have to pay less than private students and more than the students in normal classes (group classes).

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    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    A class with one student (a one-student class) would be a "private class".
    A class with many students would be, I think, a group class.
    I meant a class with 2 or 3 students. Would it be a "semi-private class"?
    Maybe it's not understandable to you because you don't have this form in your country. But this is something normal here in my country. The students in such classes (semi-private class) have to pay less than private students and more than the students in normal classes (group classes).
    I've always had a "private" one-to-one rate and a group rate, irrespective of the size of the group.
    Edit: I've never had a group of more than ten people.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 30-Jul-2012 at 12:54.

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    I have taught in places that made a distinction between private, semi-private and group classes because of the rates.

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    That use of semi-private is common in the US. If you paid for semi-private but found seven people in your class, you would expect/demand a refund. Likewise in the hospital, you may have one roommate in a semi-private room.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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