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    He's been attending classes in French / French classes for two months.

    Which variant is better?

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    Default Re: classes in French or French classes

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    He's been attending classes in French / French classes for two months.

    Which variant is better?
    Privet,
    To me, the former could mean classes where the teacher speaks French but where (s)he does not necessarily teach the French language.

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    Default Re: classes in French or French classes

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
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    To me, the former could mean classes where the teacher speaks French but where (s)he does not necessarily teach the French language.
    Privyet.

    How about 'classes of French'?

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    Default Re: classes in French or French classes

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    Privyet.

    How about 'classes of French'?
    No ambiguity and no frequent usage either.

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    Default Re: classes in French or French classes

    He's been attending classes in French / French classes for two months
    The former simply states the language of instruction and not the subject. There are French speaking schools around the world, they can teach physics in French or philosophy in French. The latter indicates that it is French that is being taught, the instruction could be in English.

    How about 'classes of French'?
    Doesn't work. Substitute classes of mathematics etc. You could say "He's been attending classes studying French".
    Last edited by thod00; 20-Mar-2009 at 16:30. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: classes in French or French classes

    If you mean classes whose purpose is to learn French, say "taking French classes".

    If you mean all other types of class, e.g. history, math, in French, say "taking classes in French."

    They are both somewhat ambiguous, but the usages suggested are more clear than any others.

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    Default Re: classes in French or French classes

    Well, I am taking French language classes at the local university.

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