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Post time 2008-11-4 11:04:48 |Display all floors
Dear Friends

I did a excise as below in different books and they hv different answer.

I wonder which is correct.

(choose the answer most close the words in red.)

_When the schoolmaster is away,Mr.Johnson will be in charge of the whole school.

A.give lesson to

B.control

C.take care of

D.organize

Would you pls help to point out the correct answer?

Thanks!

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Post time 2008-11-4 15:17:16 |Display all floors
I can see why this might at first be confusing, as it is using a word "schoolmaster" which is commonly used in England, but not in US. (I am not sure about Canada or Australia). What a school master is, is a teacher, whereas the headmaster is the one in charge...but I would suppose the headmaster can be a schoolmaster as well.

However, the question concerns replacing "in charge of" and based on the sentence structure, we can see none of the choices will fit correctly as a direct replacement.
I would therefore assume the intent is to choose the answer that best means "in charge of" which is answer C. "to take care of".

"in charge of" is an idiom for "under the care or supervision".

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Post time 2008-11-4 17:44:36 |Display all floors
Originally posted by ann2064 at 2008-11-4 11:04
Dear Friends

I did a excise as below in different books and they hv different answer.

I wonder which is correct.

(choose the answer most close the words in red.)

_When the schoolmaster  ...



C
What's on your mind now........ooooooooooooooo la la....Kind Regards

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Post time 2008-11-5 12:42:36 |Display all floors

thanks

Well noted.

Thank you very much!

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Post time 2008-11-5 14:54:04 |Display all floors
It could be 'the acting shcool master '

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Post time 2008-11-6 04:54:54 |Display all floors

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the schoolmaster is away,Mr.Johnson will be in charge of the whole school.
We are talking abut the School Master who is the person who is legally responsible for the school, so from that a person standing in would be in "Control" rather than be"Taking care of".

The two meanings hinge more on how long the School master will be away, if it were for a day then "Taking care" would be more appropriate as no major decisions would be made, but for a month then "Control" is better as fundamental decisions would need to be made about the running of the school.

B.control

unless its for a short period.

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