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    Students take classes to learn. Do teachers give classes or take classes to teach?

    Students take classes to learn something or to go through some kind of training.
    Do teachers, lecturers, professors take classes or give classes when they teach, deliver lectures or presentations or when they train students?

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    Re: Students take classes to learn. Do teachers give classes or take classes to teach

    Professors give lectures. Give and take seem to signify the flow of knowledge in this case.

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    Re: Students take classes to learn. Do teachers give classes or take classes to teach

    Professors can also 'take' classes, meaning the same as 'give'.

    Professor 1: "Could you take my 4 pm class tomorrow? I have to meet the Dean."
    Professor 2: "Sure".

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    Re: Students take classes to learn. Do teachers give classes or take classes to teach

    I usually refer to it as teaching a class.

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    Re: Students take classes to learn. Do teachers give classes or take classes to teach

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Professors can also 'take' classes, meaning the same as 'give'.

    Professor 1: "Could you take my 4 pm class tomorrow? I have to meet the Dean."
    Professor 2: "Sure".
    If they're taking it from another professor, to give the lecture to the students, it might be misleading to learners (slightly) to say that take means the same as give in such a context.

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    Re: Students take classes to learn. Do teachers give classes or take classes to teach

    I think "take lessons/course" is more specific to receiving knowledge/training or learning something.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Students take classes to learn. Do teachers give classes or take classes to teach

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    I think "take lessons/course" is more specific to receiving knowledge/training or learning something.
    That's what I also think. But my original question is not about lectures but "classes" which Raymot has already answered in post 4, that "take" can also be used for teacher when they go to a class to deliver a lecture. However, additional knowledge from other native speakers is always welcome.

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    Re: Students take classes to learn. Do teachers give classes or take classes to teach

    Quote Originally Posted by Aamir Tariq View Post
    That's what I also think. But my original question is not about lectures but "classes" which Raymot has already answered in post 4, that "take" can also be used for teacher when they go to a class to deliver a lecture. However, additional knowledge from other native speakers is always welcome.
    Take cannot be used in AmE by a teacher to mean they're going to give a lecture or teach a class. The one sense where a teacher would say that is if they are temporarily assuming responsibility for another teacher's class.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 24-Jun-2016 at 00:15. Reason: To restrict my response to my own dialect.
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    Re: Students take classes to learn. Do teachers give classes or take classes to teach

    There must be a regional difference in usage. In AusE, a teacher can take a class, and it means the same as 'give a class'.
    kon, it has nothing to do with taking a class from someone else. The taking is the giving. You'll see that several British respondents on this forum agree.
    http://forum.wordreference.com/threa...-class.170841/

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    Re: Students take classes to learn. Do teachers give classes or take classes to teach

    As does this speaker of BrE.

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