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    take classes

    Hi. I am again about students. Does "take classes" mean they take them voluntarily, i.e. choose them or "take" just mean study here? Thank you.
    "Education departments usually welcomed almost anyone who claimed to like children. Once students got there, they were rewarded with high grades and relatively easy work. Instead of taking the more rigorous mathematics classes offered to other students, for example, education majors tended to take special math classes designed for students who did not like math" (The smartest kids in the world by Amanda Ripley)

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    Re: take classes

    In this case it means the students chose easier classes than other students chose.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: take classes

    Thank you. I've actually asked whether they choose themselves, voluntarily or they take what they are given.

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    Re: take classes

    I think they chose by themselves because the classes were not compulsory.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: take classes

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    In this case it means the students chose easier classes than other students chose.
    Quote Originally Posted by meliss View Post
    Thank you. I've actually asked whether they choose themselves, voluntarily or they take what they are given.
    The students chose the easier classes. That means they had a choice of which classes to take. They may have been required to take some kind of math class ("maths" in BrE), but they were free to pick harder or easier classes.
    I am not a teacher.

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