can I say “mark this phrase”?

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suppose I am a teacher, if I want to draw my students attention to some phrase, can I say "mark this phrase"?Is this sentence polite enough?can I use other polite expressions, apart from "pay attention to"?

asked May 07 '13 at 08:46 Berton New member

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I don't see anything impolite about a teacher telling students to "mark this phrase." A teacher's job is to give instruction. If it feels impolite to you, it may be a cultural difference.

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In the US, it would mean that the students should physically make a mark in the book with a pen or highlighter, rather than "pay attention to". Of course, once that is done, the student will likely pay attention to the phrase.

link comment edited May 07 '13 at 11:20 Patty T Grammarly Fellow
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Note down this pharase.

Jot down this phrase.

link comment answered May 07 '13 at 09:35 Z. A. Jazley Contributor

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