Student or Learner
The following is what I've seen from the textbook for teaching English named" Oxford English":
One boy says: " That tree fell on the canteen in the storm last night."
another says:"What a pity/shame!"
My question : Is the sentence proper in such a situation? I thought only when someone feels disappointed, he or she may say: what a pity/shame. But here it is almost a disaster (a tree fell on the canteen). Doesn't it sound a little too careless?
Another question: How do students at school address their teachers? Do they say: Mr... or Ms...? Is there a time when they directly address a teacher "teacher"? What if a student does not know the teacher's name? How does he address the teacher?
Thanks for your patient replies!
Last edited by roseriver1012; 16-Nov-2011 at 08:13.
Yes. If pupils don't use a female teacher's name, they always address her as 'Miss'.
You might sometimes notice that the English have a strange idea about the seriousness of things. All part of the English love of understatement.
As an example, a multi-car pile-up on the motorway might be described as 'a spot of bother on the way', but the fridge breaking down would be 'an absolute catastrophe!!'.
If you have been told the teacher's name, then you address her in the form you have been told: Dr Foster, Miss Construe, Mrs Jordan, Ms Francis.
If you know the teacher's name, but do not know how she wishes to be addressed, then it is safest to use 'Ms': Ms Foster, Ms Construe, Ms Jordan, Ms Francis. The teacher will tell you if she wishes to be addressed in a different way.
If you do not know the teacher's name, then you address her as 'Miss'.