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    deliver lectures vs give lectures

    "Who's giving a lecture tomorrow?"

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    "Who's delivering a lecture tomorrow?"

    Both acceptable and natural?

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    Re: deliver lectures vs give lectures

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "Who's giving a lecture tomorrow?"

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    "Who's delivering a lecture tomorrow?"

    Both acceptable and natural?
    Both sound natural to me, but "deliver" is more formal than "give".

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    Re: deliver lectures vs give lectures

    Or 'Who's lecturing tomorrow?

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    Re: deliver lectures vs give lectures

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    Or 'Who's lecturing tomorrow?

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    Wouldn't there be a slightly different meaning? Like to reproach somebody?

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    Re: deliver lectures vs give lectures

    What is your context? Teaching a class?

    If you mean a lecture as "a reproachful scolding" then none of these are natural.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 27-Oct-2010 at 15:37.
    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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    Re: deliver lectures vs give lectures

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    What is your context? Who is teaching a class?

    If you mean a lecture as "a reproachful scolding" then none of these are natural.

    "She delivers lectures at Sate University."

    OR

    "My mom's been lecturing me on the need of keeping my room tidy.''
    Last edited by ostap77; 27-Oct-2010 at 21:32.

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    Re: deliver lectures vs give lectures

    Yes, which did you mean in your original post?
    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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    Re: deliver lectures vs give lectures

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "She deliver lectures at Sate University."

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    "My mom's been lecturing me on the need of keeping my room tidy.''
    The verb 'lecture' has two distinct meanings in Br Eng. Lecturing a person involves talking on and on at them in a hostile or critical way; but when the verb has no object it just means 'delivering a lecture [that is, an academic one]'.

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    Re: deliver lectures vs give lectures

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    The verb 'lecture' has two distinct meanings in Br Eng. Lecturing a person involves talking on and on at them in a hostile or critical way; but when the verb has no object it just means 'delivering a lecture [that is, an academic one]'.

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    If I said "Who's lecturing tomorrow?'' or ''Who's going to be lecturing tomorrow?'' that would not mean that someone would talk to me in a critical way?

    If I said "Who's giving lectures to us tomorrow?",there would be no ambiguity? It's like delivering lectures at University?

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    Re: deliver lectures vs give lectures

    There would be no ambiguity.
    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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