Page 1 of 5 1 2 3 4 5 Last
Results 1 to 10 of 41
  1. Junior Member
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Persian
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
      • Current Location:
      • Pakistan

    • Join Date: Feb 2009
    • Posts: 59
    #1

    class or a class

    Hi, I'm a teacher and have classes throughout the day. If someone calls me in the middle of a session, should I say I am in class/in a class?

    Similarly, Given the scenario, if I have to inform someone I have a session starting soon, should I say "I have a class/I have class"?

    Nam

  2. Senior Member
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Sep 2013
    • Posts: 953
    #2

    Re: class or a class

    Quote Originally Posted by Little Girl View Post
    Hi, I'm a teacher and have classes throughout the day. If someone calls me in the middle of a session, should I say I am in class/in a class?

    Similarly, Given the scenario, if I have to inform someone I have a session starting soon, should I say "I have a class/I have class"?

    Nam
    In your first example "in class" would be more commonly used. (AmE)

    In you second example, either one would be common but depending on the conversation/context, adding when the class would begin. e.g "....in ten minutes".
    Last edited by Yankee; 13-Apr-2019 at 01:32. Reason: typo

  3. Tarheel's Avatar
    VIP Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Jun 2014
    • Posts: 19,109
    #3

    Re: class or a class

    If anybody ever calls you during class you should not answer the phone.

    Not a professional teacher

  4. Phaedrus's Avatar
    Senior Member
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Jul 2012
    • Posts: 902
    #4

    Re: class or a class

    Quote Originally Posted by Little Girl View Post
    Similarly, Given the scenario, if I have to inform someone I have a session starting soon, should I say "I have a class/I have class"?
    "I have class."

    or

    "I have a class to teach."

    (P.S. Outside context, the sentence "I have class" would be ambiguous. It could mean that you are elegantly stylish. Cf.: "I have a lot of class." )

  5. VIP Member
    Retired English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Europe
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Jul 2015
    • Posts: 15,739
    #5

    Re: class or a class

    This speaker of BrE would say only "I have a class (in ten minutes)".

  6. Phaedrus's Avatar
    Senior Member
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Jul 2012
    • Posts: 902
    #6

    Re: class or a class

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    This speaker of BrE would say only "I have a class (in ten minutes)".
    Out of curiosity, would a BrE speaker say "I'm on my way to a class" if he were a student in the class or the teacher of the class?

  7. Moderator
    Retired English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 29,376
    #7

    Re: class or a class

    I think most of us would say 'lesson' rather than 'class'.

    ***

    Little Girl, if someone calls you during a lesson you must have forgotten to switch your phone off.

  8. jutfrank's Avatar
    VIP Member
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Mar 2014
    • Posts: 10,594
    #8

    Re: class or a class

    Quote Originally Posted by Phaedrus View Post
    Out of curiosity, would a BrE speaker say "I'm on my way to a class" if he were a student in the class or the teacher of the class?
    It's unlikely, but it does depend on context. There could be contexts in which the the article is useful, (depending on, say, the knowledge of the listener), but I assume that the listener on the other end of the phone line is aware that the speaker is a teacher who is currently at work, and so to class is very likely.

  9. jutfrank's Avatar
    VIP Member
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Mar 2014
    • Posts: 10,594
    #9

    Re: class or a class

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I think most of us would say 'lesson' rather than 'class'.
    This has happened to me once or twice. If the listener knows full well that I am a teacher (for example if it's my partner), I'd say:

    I'm in class.

    But if it's, say, somebody I don't know, I wouldn't say I'm in class, because they don't know I'm a teacher. I'd probably say:

    I'm a teacher, and I'm in the middle of a lesson right now.

  10. Junior Member
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Persian
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
      • Current Location:
      • Pakistan

    • Join Date: Feb 2009
    • Posts: 59
    #10

    Re: class or a class

    Wow, I have so many answers, and I'm only more confused now! I don't understand why it should not be more appropriate to say "I'm in a class" and "I have a class" when I have many classes, and the listener doesn't know what class I'm teaching while talking.

Page 1 of 5 1 2 3 4 5 Last

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •