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    take a lesson

    Hi folks,

    Are "He takes tennis lessons on Sunday" and "He takes a tennis lesson on Sunday" interchangeable?

    Thanks as always.

    emp0608

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    Re: take a lesson

    It would be more natural to hear "lessons" in your sentence structure or "he is taking a tennis lesson on Sunday".

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    Re: take a lesson

    In BrE, it's more common to use "have" when talking about lessons.

    He has a tennis lesson every Sunday.
    He is having a tennis lesson on Sunday.

    When talking about the future, I use "I've got a tennis lesson on Sunday".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: take a lesson

    Thanks andrewg927.
    What about using the word 'class'. I've seen such examples as "I'm taking kickboxing classes", "I'm taking a class", and "I'm taking a class in ballroom dancing". Does "I'm taking a tennis class every Sunday" sound natural?

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    Re: take a lesson

    Thanks emsr2d2.
    Interesting to know Brits prefer "have+a lesson" to "take lessons".

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    Re: take a lesson

    Quote Originally Posted by emp0608 View Post
    Thanks andrewg927.
    What about using the word 'class'. I've seen such examples as "I'm taking kickboxing classes", "I'm taking a class", and "I'm taking a class in ballroom dancing". Does "I'm taking a tennis class every Sunday" sound natural?
    We can't tell whether you are having lessons or giving them.

    Are you the student or the teacher?

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    Re: take a lesson

    Hi Rober,
    I'm talking about when you want to learn something from some instructor.

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    Re: take a lesson

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In BrE, it's more common to use "have" when talking about lessons.

    He has a tennis lesson every Sunday.
    He is having a tennis lesson on Sunday.

    When talking about the future, I use "I've got a tennis lesson on Sunday".
    We do use "have a class" in AE. However, it is more common in, say, "I have classes all day". In your two examples above, I find them completely natural in AE as well. "Take" is more common in "I'm taking a class on Shakespeare this summer".

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    Re: take a lesson

    Quote Originally Posted by emp0608 View Post
    Thanks andrewg927.
    What about using the word 'class'. I've seen such examples as "I'm taking kickboxing classes", "I'm taking a class", and "I'm taking a class in ballroom dancing". Does "I'm taking a tennis class every Sunday" sound natural?
    It is actually better to say "I am taking a tennis lesson every Sunday".

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