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    I had a free this lesson

    Below is an extract from a student's account of his daily routine. Is his language natural (would a native speaker of English use such language?)? Does the phrase I had a free this lesson sound natural, too?

    (I have taken it from here:
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    Are the texts produced by native speakers, by the way?)

    First Lesson I had Psychology which is 9-10.30, the longest lesson of the day- we just worked on our assignment that's in in a couple of weeks, was alright. Second lesson 10.45-11.45- I had a free this lesson, from 10.45-11.30 I went to the library and did my sociology homework that is in tommorow so I didnt have to do it tonight, good times.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: I had a free this lesson

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Below is an extract from a student's account of his daily routine. Is his language natural (would a native speaker of English use such language?)? Does the phrase I had a free this lesson sound natural, too?

    (I have taken it from here:
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...ollege_student

    Are the texts produced by native speakers, by the way?)

    First Lesson I had Psychology which is 9-10.30, the longest lesson of the day- we just worked on our assignment that's in in a couple of weeks, was alright. Second lesson 10.45-11.45- I had a free this lesson, from 10.45-11.30 I went to the library and did my sociology homework that is in tommorow so I didnt have to do it tonight, good times.
    In the U.S., we refer to "periods" instead of lessons.
    Assignments are "due" not "in."
    So I'm going to rewrite it the way an American teen would.

    First period, I had Psychology from 9-10:30. It's the longest period of the day. We just worked on our assignment that's due in a couple weeks. It was all right. Second period was 10:45-11:45. I have a study hall then so from 10:45 to 11:30 I went to the library and did the Sociology homework that's due tomorrow so I don't have to do it tonight. Good times.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: I had a free this lesson

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    In the U.S., we refer to "periods" instead of lessons.
    Assignments are "due" not "in."
    So I'm going to rewrite it the way an American teen would.

    First period, I had Psychology from 9-10:30. It's the longest period of the day. We just worked on our assignment that's due in a couple weeks. It was all right. Second period was 10:45-11:45. I have a study hall then so from 10:45 to 11:30 I went to the library and did the Sociology homework that's due tomorrow so I don't have to do it tonight. Good times.
    Does a study hall mean a free period between classes?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: I had a free this lesson

    No, it's a regularly scheduled period when no class is scheduled. It's not "between" classes because it's a regular class period for other people.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: I had a free this lesson

    And you are expected to study (presumably working on your class assignments), which is, of course, why they call it study hall.

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    #6

    Re: I had a free this lesson

    A useful addition to my other thread: https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...en-two-classes


    Can I use a study hall to describe a similar free period a teacher has in their schedule? Or is it only for students?
    Last edited by englishhobby; 23-Jan-2016 at 18:31.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: I had a free this lesson

    Study hall is only for students. There is nothing similar for teachers.

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    #8

    Re: I had a free this lesson

    Teachers don't have any free time. Everyone knows that. Well, all teachers know that!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I had a free this lesson

    It might sound odd, but it makes sense- the person had a free slot/lesson/period at this time.

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    Re: I had a free this lesson

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Teachers don't have any free time. Everyone knows that. Well, all teachers know that!
    When I worked in the English school system, teachers' non-teaching periods were known as M & Ps (marking and preparation periods).

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