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    #1

    dismiss

    Hi there,
    Any difference between the following two?

    Class dismissed.
    Students, you may dismiss.

    tks
    pete


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    Cool Re: dismiss

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    Any difference between the following two?

    Class dismissed.
    Students, you may dismiss.

    tks
    pete
    The first one is correct. The second one is not correct.

    You could say, "Students, you are dismissed" or "Students, you may leave now".

    Students, you may dismiss. - This means that the students do the action of dismissing, which is not logical, of course. Students don't typically dismiss themselves. Also, "dismiss" is a transitive verb, which means it requires an object. Therefore, it would sound very strange to say "the teacher is dismissing".

    I suppose the students could dismiss themselves if the teacher somehow became incapacitated. For example, the teacher could fall asleep. In such a case, the class would have to dismiss itself.


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