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    Hi there,
    can you proofread the following instructions for students' examination?

    You have 10 minutes to prepare for OR prepare your individual presentation.

    thanks
    pete

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    Re: prepare

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    can you proofread the following instructions for students' examination?

    You have 10 minutes to prepare for OR prepare your individual presentation.

    thanks
    pete
    If you need additional time to write/review/fine-tune your presentation, go with 'You have 10 minutes to prepare your individual presentation.'

    If you need to meditate, visit the bathroom, or get a drink of water before your presentation, go with 'You have 10 minutes to prepare for your individual presentation.' (Personally, ''You have 10 minutes to prepare before your individual presentation begins" sounds better to me.)

    Cheers,
    Amigos4


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    Re: prepare

    Hi there,

    How about this instructions to students?

    You have two minutes to prepare Section A. OR
    You have two minutes to prepare for Section A.

    thanks
    pete

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    Re: prepare

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,

    How about this instructions to students?

    You have two minutes to prepare Section A. OR
    You have two minutes to prepare for Section A.

    thanks
    pete
    Pete,

    What exactly do you want the students to do?

    You have two minutes to prepare for Section A... Do you want to provide two minutes for the students to do everything they need to do before they begin Section A? (i.e., sharpen pencils, clear books from desktops, get a drink of water, etc.) If this is what you want the students to do, you might say "You have two minutes to (prepare) get organized before we begin Section A."

    Think of a hurricane or blizzard... the TV announcer says "We have about 24 hours to prepare for the advancing storm." This allows home owners time to board windows or gather supplies they will need for the storm.

    You have two minutes to prepare Section A... Do you want the students to start and complete Section A within a two minute time frame? If so, you might say "You have two minutes to complete Section A. Begin now."

    Think of a chef in a restaurant... the restaurant owner says "You have 20 minutes to prepare the meal before we serve it to our customers." The chef knows he has to have everything completed within the 20 minute time frame.

    Does this help?

    Cheers,
    Amigos4

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