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    #1

    It's a break now/It's break now

    Do we need an article? Which one is correct:
    1) It's a break now (BrE)/It's a recess now (AmE)
    2) It's __break now(BrE)/It's __recess now(AmE)

    (a break in a college or university)
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: It's a break now/It's break now

    "It's break (time) now" is idiomatic.

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    #3

    Re: It's a break now/It's break now

    Do you mean "break time" (ie a 15-minute period when kids go outside to play in the morning and the afternoon) or "spring break" (for example) when you don't attend classes for a couple of weeks at a time?

    I wasn't aware that "break time/recess" existed at universities. We had break time at my first, middle and secondary schools but not at Sixth Form College. I don't associate break time or recess with education after the age of 18.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: It's a break now/It's break now

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I don't associate break time or recess with education after the age of 18.
    In Russia we do have break at universities - the timetable, just like in a school, is the same for everyone (with some minor exceptions).
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: It's a break now/It's break now

    In AmE, we do not have break (time) or recess in universities. There is a built in time between periods so that students can walk to other classes.

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