free time gather

ridgemao

Senior Member
Chinese - Mandarin
Hello, everyone:

The teacher took her students on a field trip in a park. She said: “We will have 30 minutes free time, and everyone will gather at 17:00. ”
(I made up these words)

Is it idiomatic to use “free time” and “gather” in the context of school activity?


Thank you.
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    They're okay, I think. Certainly that would be understood.

    But a more colloquial way of putting it might be: "We'll take a half-hour break now and meet back here at 5 pm."
     

    dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    The teacher took her students on a field trip in a park. She said: “We will have 30 minutes free time, and everyone will gather at 17:00. ”
    (I made up these words)

    Is it idiomatic to use “free time” and “gather” in the context of school activity?
    Yes, both terms are ones children understand. Both are used in schools (in the US).

    Your whole sentence sounds good, except that I would use "then" between the two activities, not "and":

    "We will have 30 minutes free time, then everyone will gather at 17:00."

    In the US and UK we say "5 pm", but I've read that "17:00" is more common in many countries.
     
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