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    Question read the text/ poem/ question to the class or read the text/ poem/ question out loud

    Hi there,

    If I want a student to read sth to so. What I am supposed to say?

    Can I say:

    Read the poem/ question/ text (etc.) please!
    or
    Read the poem/ question/ text (etc.) to the classe please!
    or
    Read the poem/ question/ text (etc.) out loud please!

    Thanks!

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    Re: read the text/ poem/ question to the class or read the text/ poem/ question out l

    Quote Originally Posted by Prple View Post
    Hi, there,

    If I want a student to read sth to so, what I am supposed to say?

    Can I say:

    Read the poem/question/text, please!
    or
    Read the poem/question/text to the class, please!
    or
    Read the poem/question/text out loud, please!

    Thanks!
    1. See my corrections.

    2. Avoid "etc."

    3. Don't put spaces after slashes.

    4. Pay attention to commas.

    5. What does "sth to so" mean?
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: read the text/ poem/ question to the class or read the text/ poem/ question out l

    Here's how to write a question: What am I supposed to say?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: read the text/ poem/ question to the class or read the text/ poem/ question out l

    Dictionaries use shortened forms such as "sth" and "so" ("something" and "someone" respectively) due to a lack of space. There is no reason to use them on this forum.

    If I want a student to read something to someone, what should I say?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: read the text/ poem/ question to the class or read the text/ poem/ question out l

    You can say:

    Read this, please!

    Or:

    Read this out loud.

    Or:

    Read this to the class.

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    Re: read the text/ poem/ question to the class or read the text/ poem/ question out l

    By saying that you want a student to read something to someone, you are suggesting you want them to read it aloud to just one other person. I assumed you wanted the student to read it to the person sitting next to them. To talk about them reading it aloud, say that you want the student to read something to the class or to the group.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: read the text/ poem/ question to the class or read the text/ poem/ question out l

    @Tarheel: Thanks a lot for your answer!

    To everyone else: Thanks for correcting my mistakes. However, maybe you should try to provide a sufficent answer to my problem next time, as well?

    I think you all knew what I wanted to know...

    @Goesstation: Making patronising comments does not help anyone...

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    Re: read the text/ poem/ question to the class or read the text/ poem/ question out l

    GoesStation was being helpful — not patronising. You were shown the correct way to ask a question and should be thankful for that.

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    Re: read the text/ poem/ question to the class or read the text/ poem/ question out l

    Quote Originally Posted by Prple View Post
    @Goesstation: Making patronising comments does not help anyone...
    I'm sorry you found my response patronizing. I do most of my forum activities on my phone, so I tend to keep my messages brief. I didn't have the time to reply to your specific question, but it only took a moment to try to show you the right way to write a question.

    Students of English often struggle with the complicated way that our language forms questions. It's a mark of lack of fluency, so learning the right way is worth the effort.
    I am not a teacher.

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