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  1. matilda

    Talking 29-roll-call

    Dear all


    I have a question about the verb roll-call ( that means calling students on list by the teacher.) , how should I use it in the sentence?
    Shall I say ~ The teacher DOES the roll-call every day.
    The teacher roll-calls every day.

    Or if these two are both incorrect, how should I use it? Please explain with sentence.

    Thanks a million

  2. Casiopea's Avatar

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    Re: 29-roll-call

    The Compact Oxford English Dictionary lists "roll-call" as a noun only.

    The noun roll-call comes from the verb, to call the roll. In the past, a roll was a piece of (rolled up) paper with names on it.

    Ex: The teacher called the roll.
    Ex: The teacher did roll-call already. <noun>
    Ex; The teacher does roll-call at the end of class. <noun>
    Ex: I missed roll-call because I was late. <noun>
    Ex: Did the teacher do roll-call yet? <noun>
    Ex; DId the teacher take roll-call? <noun>

    It's more than possible to turn "roll-call" into a verb. The problem, though, is that dictionaries aren't as creative as speakers.

    Hope that helps.

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