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    verb or noun

    My student wrote," I like it when we have conversations with the class".
    For my assignment I must identfy the main fault and suggest activities to help her in the future with this problem.I felt she has confused the verb 'to speak' with the noun 'conversation' . Please help.

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    Re: verb or noun

    Quote Originally Posted by carladiane View Post
    My student wrote," I like it when we have conversations with the class".
    For my assignment I must identfy the main fault and suggest activities to help her in the future with this problem.I felt she has confused the verb 'to speak' with the noun 'conversation' . Please help.
    Carladiane,

    " I like it when we have conversations with the class". This sentence is correct.

    A husband might say to his wife: "I like it when we have conversations with our children."

    What do you think your student should have written?

    Cheers,
    Amigos4

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    Re: verb or noun

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    Carladiane,

    " I like it when we have conversations with the class". This sentence is correct.

    A husband might say to his wife: "I like it when we have conversations with our children."

    What do you think your student should have written?

    Cheers,
    Amigos4
    When one has a conversation "with" someone it seems to be a little more intimate. A class is not particularly intimate.

    My way of saying it would be, "I like it when we have discussions in class."

    I don't know of any rule about it, though.

    It is better, in my opinion to say, "I like it when we have conversations IN class;" or "I like it when we have conversations WITH the class."
    You probably wouldn't say, "I like it when we have conversations with church;" or "I like it when we have conversations with the business;" or "I like it when we have conversations with school."

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