Run an english course?

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sambistapt

Senior Member
Brazilian Portuguese
Hello amigos!:)

" Do you run an english course at your school?"

Would that be similar to: " do an english course or take an english course." ? In this context, would they be interchangeable?

Thanks in advance;

Sambistapt:cool:
 
  • mally pense

    Senior Member
    England, UK English
    Hi sambistapt

    A course can only be "run" by a teacher or teaching organisation, not by a pupil/student. In your example, "Do you run an english course at your school?"" means "Does your school run/offer an English course?".

    "do" or "take" would normally only apply to the pupil/student, but "do" could also possibly (just about) be used in place of "run/offer" by a teacher or teaching organisation, but this usage would depend on the context being clearly established I think, and would be a little informal.
     

    mjscott

    Senior Member
    American English
    To run an English course would be to be the head of an English department. It is awkward sounding, as you would rather run the English department than run an English course. Do an English course is also awkward--although it would be understood. You would TAKE an English course.
     
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