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    #1

    It's also their final

    Hi.

    I sent a message to Matt, who's Paul's friend:

    Hi Matt. This is Silver. Paul's friend. I wonder if you are available next Thursday or Wednesday evening. There's going to be a gathering among my students and me. It's also their final. Feel free to let me know.

    I wonder if the bold sentence is natural.

    I want it to mean "That day is also the time for my students to take the final exams from me. I gave them paper to do."

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    Re: It's also their final

    It wouldn't mean anything to me. I'd say "It's also the day of their final exam". You need an article before "paper".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: It's also their final

    What do you mean by "gathering"? Give details.

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    Re: It's also their final

    I don't have a problem with "gathering". It's used pretty commonly in BrE to mean a little get-together, short of a full-blown party.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: It's also their final

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's used pretty commonly in BrE
    I think that's the case in most other varieties too!
    What I wanted to know was if there was some connection between the final exam and that gathering/get together.

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    Re: It's also their final

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    I think that's the case in most other varieties too!
    What I wanted to know was if there was some connection between the final exam and that gathering/get together.
    Teechar, good question.

    Yes, it's a get-together.

    I am a tutor, not a school teacher like all of you. Even though I'm a tutor, I teach my students only natural English. How am I sure if it's natural or not? Ask here and in the past, used Google and WReference. Now, I can still come here and get help from all of you, I am feeling so lucky and happy.

    Chinglish teachers are everywhere here, native speakers are sometimes to be seen, but they are not as nice as you. They came here for some specific reasons, making money or dating women. I met more than 100 native speakers in the past 18 years. A few of them were nice and really wanted to help.

    Most of the native speakers don't correct mistakes of people here who speak English.

    Oops, sorry, I'm going overboard.

    There's a get-together among my students and me every summer and winter after they take their final at schools. Since they're my students, I also prepare exam papers for them. So I will gather them together and take the exam then we'll eat out together.

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    Re: It's also their final

    Finals, to mean final exam, is usually in plural.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    #8

    Re: It's also their final

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Finals, to mean final exam, is usually in plural.
    Perhaps that's in Chinese English?

    I looked up the word here.

    n.

      • Often, finals .
        [plural]
        the last and decisive game, match, or round in a series:Our team made it to the finals.
      • Educationthe last, usually long, examination in a course of study:Do you have a final in history?

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    Re: It's also their final

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Finals, to mean final exam, is usually in plural.
    No, finals means 'final exams'. It's usually used at university level, when you have to sit more than one.

    If there's just one, say final exam.

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    Re: It's also their final

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    No, finals means 'final exams'. It's usually used at university level, when you have to sit more than one.

    If there's just one, say final exam.
    American high school students often have to take multiple finals.
    I am not a teacher.

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