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    a French Literature class / a class of/on French Literature

    Are there any proper and natural sentences here?

    1) What did you do today in your French Literature class?
    2) What
    did you do today in your class of French Literature?
    3) What
    did you do today in your class on French Literature?

    And the same with the word "lesson" (with a two-word name of the subject):

    4) What did you do today at your French Literature lesson?
    5) What
    did you do today at your lesson of French Literature?
    6) What
    did you do today at your lesson on French Literature?
    Last edited by englishhobby; 09-Nov-2014 at 21:08.
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    Re: a French Literature class / a class of/on French Literature

    1 and 3 are OK. 4 and 6 would be OK if you changed "at" to "in". We don't change the preposition simply because we change "class" to "lesson". 2 and 5 are unnatural.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: a French Literature class / a class of/on French Literature

    So it's "AT the lesson of French Literature", but "IN the French Literature lesson"?
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    #4

    Re: a French Literature class / a class of/on French Literature

    No. It's "in" for all of them!
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    Re: a French Literature class / a class of/on French Literature

    But, if the lesson isn't specified, "at" should be used, right?
    e.g. What did you do today at the lesson?
    Last edited by englishhobby; 11-Nov-2014 at 20:50.
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    #6

    Re: a French Literature class / a class of/on French Literature

    ​NO!

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    Re: a French Literature class / a class of/on French Literature

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    But, if the lesson isn't specified, "at" should be used, right?
    e.g. What did you do today at the lesson?
    Did anything in my previous answers suggest that that was the case? If so, please show me where I said that.

    What did you do in class today?
    What did you did in your lessons on Monday?
    What are you going to do in your French lesson today?
    We did algebra in our Maths class yesterday.
    I'm dreading this afternoon. Miss Jones always makes me read aloud in her English lessons.
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    Re: a French Literature class / a class of/on French Literature

    Sorry for being so dumb
    All my life I've been taught that it's "At the lesson", that's why I am puzzled now.
    In some forums they give the following explanation of the difference between "in the lesson" and "at the lesson": when we emphasize the location, then we use "at", and when we emphasize the activity, we use "in". E.g. here:

    http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=102828

    So my final (hopefully) questions on this point are:
    1. Do you agree with the above explanation?
    2. If somebody is calling a student during the lesson and asking "where are you at the moment?", can the student say "I am at the lesson (=location)"?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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