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    (suck at) bad English teacher

    Hello,

    Suppose I'm talking to my friends and say: "I like English but I suck at teaching it". Is it OK to use that preposition and does it sound natural? If not, how should I render the idea correctly?

    P.S. Do I need colon after "say"?

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    Re: (suck at) bad English teacher

    'suck
    5. Slang
    c. To be inept: I suck at math.'── quoted from http://www.thefreedictionary.com/suck

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: (suck at) bad English teacher

    It works. Whether it sounds natural could depend on the your age. As someone well into middle age, I would not use it and see it as slang for younger people.

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    #4

    Re: (suck at) bad English teacher

    No, you don't need a colon there. Many writers would use a comma.

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    #5

    Re: (suck at) bad English teacher

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I would not use it.
    Would you use 'poor at' instead?

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    #6

    Re: (suck at) bad English teacher

    If I were trying to replace slang with slang, I'd use something like I'm cr*p at teaching.

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    #7

    Re: (suck at) bad English teacher

    For me, "I suck at" is perfectly normal slang.

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    Re: (suck at) bad English teacher

    Maybe it's more used by younger BrE speakers, then.

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