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    #1

    a free period between two classes

    Is there one word (neutral, colloquial or slang) for a free period (= free lesson) between two classes at university?
    Can I say On Monday I have a free period from 12 to 12.30?

    Last edited by englishhobby; 12-Dec-2015 at 13:25.
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    Re: a free period between two classes

    'Recess
    3 (North American English) (British English break, break time) [uncountable]
    a period of time between lessons at school'── quoted from
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    #3

    Re: a free period between two classes

    I have corrected my original post. I need a word meaning "a free lesson between two other lessons" (e. g. a teacher might have a free lesson on his/her schedule when he/she doesn't have to teach after which there is another lesson).
    Last edited by englishhobby; 12-Dec-2015 at 15:04.
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    Re: a free period between two classes

    That wouldn't be a free lesson. That would be free time or unscheduled time.

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    #5

    Re: a free period between two classes

    I would call this break a free period, not a free lesson.

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    Re: a free period between two classes

    In Toronto, we sometimes call this a 'spare,' or a 'free period.'

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    Re: a free period between two classes

    Does it make sense to say 'a gap between lessons'?
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    Re: a free period between two classes

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Does it make sense to say 'a gap between lessons'?
    Not to me.

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    #9

    Re: a free period between two classes

    Sometimes you'll hear it referred to as 'a period off', or 'an off period'.

    Alternately, just call it a break between classes.
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    #10

    Re: a free period between two classes

    And if you want to emphasize what is the number of the "free period", how will you word it? I remember someone's suggestion "I have a free period first thing (so I don't have to get to the university at 8.30, for the first period?) Is it OK? And what about "second thing"?
    Last edited by englishhobby; 12-Dec-2015 at 22:14.
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