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    looking for an English verb

    Hello there everyone :)
    I am a teacher and while I am teaching, some students suddenly lose concentration and start thinking about some other things. You can actually see that in their eyes.
    My question is:
    Is there a verb to describe that? I mean if we want to start a dialogue like that:
    Teacher: Marcus, are you following?
    Marcus: I'm sorry,miss. I--------.
    Which verb can we use to fill in the blank?

    Thank you

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    Re: looking for an English verb

    not a teacher

    Teacher: Marcus, are you following this/the lesson?
    Marcus: I'm sorry, Miss. I was distracted.

    Although, if I were the pupil I would probably say, "Sorry, Miss, I was just thinking about what you were saying".

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    Re: looking for an English verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Eman Hassan View Post
    Hello there everyone :)
    I am a teacher and while I am teaching, some students suddenly lose concentration and start thinking about some other things. You can actually see that in their eyes.
    My question is:
    Is there a verb to describe that? I mean if we want to start a dialogue like that:
    Teacher: Marcus, are you following?
    Marcus: I'm sorry,miss. I--------.
    Which verb can we use to fill in the blank?

    Thank you
    "Was distracted" is good. Another would be "was daydreaming".

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    Re: looking for an English verb

    Thanks guys

    But I still feel that distracted doesn't really mean that I lost concentration because of my own thoughts. I think it means that something else did the distraction, right?

    And daydreaming too has a different meaning. Maybe I wasn't dreaming or imagining anything. Maybe I was just thinking about a problem that I have.
    What do you think?

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    Re: looking for an English verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Eman Hassan View Post
    Thanks guys

    But I still feel that distracted doesn't really mean that I lost concentration because of my own thoughts. I think it means that something else did the distraction, right?

    And daydreaming too has a different meaning. Maybe I wasn't dreaming or imagining anything. Maybe I was just thinking about a problem that I have.
    What do you think?
    In that case, your problem could be distracting you. If you don't like that word, try "was preoccupied".

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    In that case, your problem could be distracting you. If you don't like that word, try "was preoccupied".
    Thanks again.

    So, there's no other words native speakers use?
    You are a native, right?

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    Re: looking for an English verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Eman Hassan View Post
    Thanks again.

    So, there's no other words native speakers use?
    You are a native, right?
    Yes, I am a native, but I am not a mind reader. English has many words, but you have to help find the one that suits you. Take the words that have been offered and look at their dictionary definitions. Look at the words that are used in the definitions. Or use a thesaurus. You might find what you are looking for.

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    Re: looking for an English verb

    There are phrases that describe this situation. We say that people are "lost in thought", "off in their own little world", and similar expressions.
    In reality, the pupil is very likely to say something like, "Sorry, Miss. I was just thinking about something".

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    I was in a little world of my own.
    I was daydreaming.
    I was thinking [about something else].
    I was somewhere else!
    That's how I look when I'm concentrating on such an interesting class.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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