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    'recess' vs 'break'

    During recess, the students queue up in an orderly manner to buy food.

    According to my dictionary, 'recess' is AmE, and 'break' is BrE.

    Would it be correct, in BrE, to say "During break, the students queue up in an orderly manner to buy food"?

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    #2

    Re: 'recess' vs 'break'

    Recess is when students go outside and play. The might queue up at the end of recess to come back inside, but they don't buy food.

    We call the break in classes for the midday meal simply "lunch."
    What time do you have lunch? Lunch comes after history and before science.

    (Only elementary students get recess.)
    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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    #3

    Re: 'recess' vs 'break'

    Someone is asking exactly the same question here.

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    Re: 'recess' vs 'break'

    In AusE, you'd have to say "During the break...." It's not just called "break".
    "We used to have "little lunch" and "big lunch" back in the 60s.

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    Re: 'recess' vs 'break'

    'During break' is fine for BrE. Unless the school has a tuck shop, not many students will be queuing for food during (the*) (mid-morning) break, though they may well do so during (the*) lunch-break.

    * 'the' is optional.

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    Re: 'recess' vs 'break'

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    In AusE, you'd have to say "During the break...." It's not just called "break".
    "We used to have "little lunch" and "big lunch" back in the 60s.
    Did you also have 'second breakfast' and 'elevensies?'

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    Re: 'recess' vs 'break'

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Did you also have 'second breakfast' and 'elevensies?'
    At primary school (early 1950s) we had 'lunch', usually a biscuit or home-made cake, in our mid-morning 'play-time'; the midday meal was 'dinner'.

    We had 'elevenses' at home at weekends and during the school holidays.

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    Re: 'recess' vs 'break'

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Did you also have 'second breakfast' and 'elevensies?'
    No, neither. "Little lunch" was at 11 - 11.15am. Is "second breakfast" a boarding school term?

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    Re: 'recess' vs 'break'

    It was just a Hobbit term.

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