Take roll

Discussion in 'English Only' started by skye, Dec 12, 2005.

  1. skye Senior Member

    What does it mean?

    The sentence is:

    Do not take roll when class begins.
  2. You little ripper! Senior Member

    Australian English
    To "take roll" means to call out the names of the persons registered in the class to make sure they are all present.
  3. panjandrum

    panjandrum Occasional Moderator

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    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.
  4. river Senior Member

    U.S. English
    To take roll is to read aloud the names of all the people on the list to make certain that they are present.
  5. skye Senior Member

    Thank you all.
  6. Sun14

    Sun14 Senior Member

    Hong Kong
  7. Parla Senior Member

    New York City
    English - US
    Yes, we say "call the roll"; I note that Panjandrum also uses the article.
  8. Sun14

    Sun14 Senior Member

    Hong Kong
    Got it. Thank you very much.

Share This Page