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    Miss/miss out

    Dear Teacher,

    What is the best way to convey the meaning the some important points were not covered in a presentation when using the verb "to miss" or the expression "to miss out" ?
    Could you also confirm the syntax of the following sentences is correct ?

    1st example:
    The teacher missed to explain very important elements in his presentation. Or,
    The teacher missed out on very important elements in his presentation.


    2nd example
    The students missed several points as a result of the teacher not covering all the elements in the text. Or,
    The students missed out on several points as a result of the teacher not covering all the elements in the text.




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    Re: Miss/miss out

    Hi,

    The second sentences in each of the two paragraphs are correct.

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    Re: Miss/miss out

    Both sentences in the "2nd example" are correct. I prefer the first.

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    Re: Miss/miss out

    Quote Originally Posted by Gilles L View Post
    Dear Teacher,

    What is the best way to convey the meaning the some important points were not covered in a presentation when using the verb "to miss" or the expression "to miss out" ?
    Could you also confirm the syntax of the following sentences is correct ?

    1st example:
    The teacher missed to explain very important elements in his presentation. Or,
    The teacher missed out on very important elements in his presentation.


    2nd example
    The students missed several points as a result of the teacher not covering all the elements in the text. Or,
    The students missed out on several points as a result of the teacher not covering all the elements in the text.


    I don't really like either "missed" or "missed out" in your examples.
    In your 1st Example sentence (a) I would prefer to use "neglected to explain" in place of "missed" because "missed to explain" just isn't correct. And in sentence (b) the way you have used "missed out" would imply that the teacher was the "receiver" of the presentation.

    In your 2nd Example, use of "missed" or "missed out" would imply that the speaker/writer of the statement (not the students and not the teacher) knew the points or which points were missed, but I'm not sure that that is what you want to express. Just a side note, "to miss out" is generally used in reference to an event or activity, and in your example, the presentation but not the points of the presentation.

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