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Dear teachers ,

Please help correct the sentences below which express the idea of " going beyond the time expected /allowed ":

Situation : My English class normally lasts for 45 minutes , but this morning it lasted for 50 minutes .

Can I say :

a/ This morning , the teacher ran over time by 5 minutes

b/ This morning , the teacher taught 5 minutes longer than as stipulated

c/ This morning , the teacher failed to meet the time limit of his lesson plan , so my class ran over time by 5 minutes

Thank you in advance
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Hi,

Please help correct the sentences below which express the idea of " going beyond the time expected /allowed ":

Situation : My English class normally lasts for 45 minutes , but this morning it lasted for 50 minutes .

Can I say :

a/ This morning, the teacher ran over time by 5 minutes. OK . I'd say ' . . ran 5 minutes over time'.

b/ This morning, the teacher taught 5 minutes longer than as stipulated

c/ This morning, the teacher failed to meet the time limit of his lesson plan , so my class ran over time by 5 minutes. The first clause is a litle awkwardly worded, and seems redundant.

Common ways to say it include 'My class finished late' and 'My class didn't finish on time'.

Best wishes, Clive
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Tuongvana/ This morning , the teacher ran over time by 5 minutes You could use "overtime," one word, or you could omit the word, "time," since "ran over" is a common expression by itself. You could also say, "ran over the alloted time by etc." (I wouldn't use your sentence as it stands.)

b/ This morning , the teacher taught 5 minutes longer than as stipulated "as" should be eliminated. Also, I think "scheduled" would work better than "stipulated."

c/ This morning , the teacher failed to meet the time limit of his lesson plan , so my class ran over time by 5 minutes ("overtime") or, "finished five minutes late." "failed to meet the time limit" is an accurate description of what happened, but I don't think we'd use it. "failed to observe the time limit" would be more natural, in the sense of "observing the speed limit" - paying attention to it. You might also say, "the teacher exceeded the time limit etc."
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