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    Default How to say?

    Dear Teachers, please help me sort these out.

    1) A place in a company or a university where employees or students go to for meals. I can only come up with "dinning room". Is it OK? Are there any other words for it?

    2) As a student, you deliberately absent yourself from a class in the morning, can I call this "class-cutting"? Can I say "I cut class in the morning"?

    3) You take a picture of someone, like on the street, without their permission(they even don't know about it) by using a cell phone camera. Can I say "I snapped a picture of a pretty girl I saw on the street this morning"?

    4) Townsman. If I am in another city, not in my home town, can I call the people from the same city as me "townsman"? i.e. can I say, "This is my townsman, John; I usually hang out with my townsmen".

    Thank you very much! :)

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    1) canteen
    2) fine
    3) I think it's ok
    4) I didn't know this word, but your sentences seem ok.

    FRC

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    Default Re: How to say?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe

    1) A place in a company or a university where employees or students go to for meals. I can only come up with "dinning room". Is it OK? Are there any other words for it?

    4) Townsman. If I am in another city, not in my home town, can I call the people from the same city as me "townsman"? i.e. can I say, "This is my townsman, John; I usually hang out with my townsmen".

    Thank you very much! :)
    1. Cafeteria
    4. People from my hometown. Townspeople and townsfolk are people of a town (not country folks).

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    Townsman is correct, I just checked. It is a fellow citizen of a town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmo
    Townsman is correct, I just checked. It is a fellow citizen of a town.
    Where did you check it, bmo? Collins COBUILD does not have such a item. I suspect "townsman" is not part of English standard vocabulary.

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    Default Re: How to say?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe
    Quote Originally Posted by bmo
    Townsman is correct, I just checked. It is a fellow citizen of a town.
    Where did you check it, bmo? Collins COBUILD does not have such a item. I suspect "townsman" is not part of English standard vocabulary.
    Go to www.onelook.com. It lists 14 dictionaries having this word.

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