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    #1

    teach you vs teach you for

    Are the following sentences both correct?

    1. Who teaches you for Chemistry?
    2. Who teaches you Chemistry?

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: teach you vs teach you for

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Are the following sentences both correct?

    1. Who teaches you for Chemistry?
    2. Who teaches you Chemistry?

    Thanks.
    Only #2 is correct. if you replaced "teaches" with "takes", #1 would be OK.

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    Re: teach you vs teach you for

    Or 'Who is your chemistry teacher?' (There's no need for a capital c.)

    Rover

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    Re: teach you vs teach you for

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Only #2 is correct. if you replaced "teaches" with "takes", #1 would be OK.
    I don't understand. Who takes you for chemistry? has the same meaning as Who teaches you chemistry? ? Is that what you meant? The reason I ask is because I have never heard "take" used this way (not saying it's not possible).

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    Re: teach you vs teach you for

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    I don't understand. Who takes you for chemistry? has the same meaning as Who teaches you chemistry? ? Is that what you meant? The reason I ask is because I have never heard "take" used this way (not saying it's not possible).
    I can't tell you why but yes. I assume it's connected to the fact that both a teacher and a student can "take" a class.

    When a student takes a class, he/she are learning the subject.
    When a teacher takes a class, he/she is teaching the subject.

    How many of you are taking biology this year?
    About twenty-five of us.
    Who takes you for it?
    Mrs Sumner.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: teach you vs teach you for

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I can't tell you why but yes. I assume it's connected to the fact that both a teacher and a student can "take" a class.
    I really did not know that! Of course I knew that a student could "take" a subject, but I didn't know that a teacher could "take" (= teach) a subject as well. I quickly looked up "take" in Longman, but this usage is not included, as far as I can tell ( take - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online ). Interesting.

    Edit. No, it is included, I just missed it. Apparently it's used in BrE. That could explain why I did not know this usage.

    23 teach [ transitive ] British English to teach a particular group of students in a school or college take somebody for something Who takes you for English?




    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 15-Aug-2012 at 23:41.

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    Re: teach you vs teach you for

    And I've learned another one. I had no clue about this usage.
    We'd say "Who do you have for Chemistry?"
    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: teach you vs teach you for

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    And I've learned another one. I had no clue about this usage.
    We'd say "Who do you have for Chemistry?"
    We say that as well.

    Who's your chemistry teacher?
    Who's taking you for chemistry?
    Who have you got for chemistry?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: teach you vs teach you for

    It's that second one that would confuse us.
    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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