English as a Second Language/Where did I saw you
QUESTION: Hi again Amy,
My child went to an English course yesterday. It was the first class of a new course. When he walked in the classroom, the English teacher said hello to my son. The teacher said, “I know you. Where did I saw you? The teacher had been a substitute teacher when my son’s teacher was sick. (The course completed one month ago). My son replied, “You saw me in Room 505. I was a MP4B(course no.) student. In this case, how do you reply if you were the student?
Thanks for your help.
ANSWER: Hello CH,
good to hear from you again.
Your son's answer to his teacher's question: "Where have I seen you before?" (this would have been a more appropriate way to phrase the question in my opinion) was perfectly fine.
- You saw me in room 505. I was a MP4B student.
Here are some alternative answers though:
- I was a student of Mr(s) X last year/semester/term. You have seen me in his/her class whens/he was sick and you have substituted for him/her.
- I was a taking MP4B last year/semester/term (in room 505) and you were my teacher when my regular teacher/Mr(s) X, my teacher got sick.
I hope this helps.
Looking forward to more of your questions.
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QUESTION: Thanks a lot, Amy.
My son is only 9. He is a non-native English speaking child. I was wondering if you could make your excellent answers more simplier.
Thanks for your self devotion again.
as I said before, your son's initial answer was excellent given his age and circumstances.
You saw me in room 505. I was a MP4B student.
He can also say:
I was a taking MP4B last year.You were my teacher when Mr(s)X got sick.
Please let me know if this works for you, or I'll think of other ways to help.