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    #1

    in class/in the class

    Do we need an article?
    He is a new boy in (the) class.
    I think the answer is yes, right?
    Last edited by englishhobby; 25-Aug-2014 at 14:52.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: in class/in the class

    It would depend on the context, but without anything more, it sounds fine without to me.

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    #3

    Re: in class/in the class

    Without other information, I would use "the".

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    #4

    Re: in class/in the class

    I think it's again this difference between BrE and AmE (like at university versus at the university etc)
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #5

    Re: in class/in the class

    I'm American, and they both sound fine to me. (But at university sure doesn't!)
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 26-Aug-2014 at 08:01. Reason: Deleting '=O]'. Please stop doing that, Charlie.

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    #6

    Re: in class/in the class

    Charlie, a moderator has requested a number of times that you do not use your own emoticon. Is that too difficult? Why not just comply?

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    #7

    Re: in class/in the class

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Do we need an article?
    He is a new boy in (the) class.
    I think the answer is yes, right?
    For me, it would depend on the rest of the sentence. I would use:

    He is the new boy in the class.
    There is a new boy in class.

    I would use the first sentence regardless of where I was at the time. I might say it in the relevant classroom, in the staff room, outside the school grounds or just about anywhere. I would use the second sentence if I were actually in the classroom at the time, with all the students and where I could indicate the presence of the new student.

    Note that I wouldn't say "He is a​ new boy ..." at all.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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