a stern teacher

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piotr1980

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Polish
Hello,

I am not sure if it's correct to use the adjective ''stern'' in the below example.

My maths teacher is very stern.

Thanks for your confirmation.
Piotr
 
  • Lis48

    Senior Member
    English - British
    There is a difference though between a stern teacher who doesn´t smile much and a strict teacher who might smile but insists on homework being handed in on time.
     

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    Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect
    My teacher is getting more and more stern on me.
    My teacher is getting tougher and tougher on me.

    I wonder which is better to say.

    Context: If I make a mistake, my teacher will scold me.
    If I do something wrong, my teacher will scold me.

    Thanks a lot

    (The above is my original question.) And according to my context and Lis48's comment, I should say:

    My teacher is getting more and more strict on me.

    Do I use the word correctly?
     

    Lis48

    Senior Member
    English - British
    In BE we would use "strict with me" or "tougher with me."
    We wouldn't use stern as in your sentence.
    My Maths teacher is very strict.
     
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