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    bell rang

    The class is over, it's finished, and here is the simple music/alarm indicating it.
    When it were a bell we would say 'the bell rang' or 'the bell rung'
    But what should we say for this music/alarm now? 'it rang' or something?

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    #2

    Re: bell rang

    I don't understand what you are asking.

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    Re: bell rang

    Hi and happy Christmas!
    When the time of the class is finished we say: It's over or dismissed, etc.
    But the teacher here is gonna indicate the verb 'ring' in his sentence, what should he tell?
    I think 'the bell rang' or 'the bell rung' is not proper because nowadays the schools don't usually have a mechanical bell!
    What should he say? 'It rang,' 'The music rang,' or 'The bell rang' is still common?

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    Re: bell rang

    Still not quite clear, and I don't want to be giving an answer if this is part of a homework assignment.

    I will offer this: Don't get hung up trying to think about grammar according to what technology is used to indicate the end of the class period. Just because you think a mechanical bell is no longer used doesn't mean another type of bell sound would not be used, and we would use the same verb forms for a digital "bell" sound.

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    Re: bell rang

    So I understood that the word 'bell' is for mechanical and electronic rings, but my question is that which expression is more usual among natives.
    Imagine here you are a teacher now and the bell has just rung. What would you say?
    1. The bell rang.
    2. Bell rang.
    3. The bell rung.
    4. The bell is rung.
    5. The bell was rung.
    6. The bell has rung.
    7. The bell has been rung.
    Or maybe these are not usual for mentioning the verb 'ring'
    Thanks,

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    #6

    Re: bell rang

    I would probably say, "There's the bell," or something entirely different such as, "That's it for today".

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    #7

    Re: bell rang

    When I was in school, the teacher didn't have to say anything- just get out of the way to avoid being trampled...

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    Re: bell rang

    Quote Originally Posted by J&K Tutoring View Post
    When I was in school, the teacher didn't have to say anything- just get out of the way to avoid being trampled...
    I was always shocked at how rude that seemed when I was a kid watching American TV. In my country the bell was a signal for the teacher to wind up the class. 40 year later, I still find it rude.

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