Discussion in 'English Only' started by skye, Dec 12, 2005.
What does it mean?
The sentence is:
Do not take roll when class begins.
To "take roll" means to call out the names of the persons registered in the class to make sure they are all present.
Back when I was at school, the teacher would "call the roll" or some equivalent term. The purpose was to note, on a list of pupils in the class, the pupils who were actually present. My guess is that "take roll" means a process just like that.
If that's true, the sentence means that you do not need to do this at the start of the class.
... and I believe my description is entirely consistent with Charles Costante's If it isn't, he's right.
To take roll is to read aloud the names of all the people on the list to make certain that they are present.
Thank you all.
Do we need "the" between "take roll"? See this:
Yes, we say "call the roll"; I note that Panjandrum also uses the article.
Got it. Thank you very much.
Separate names with a comma.