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Hi,

I know that I can use ‘skip a class’, but I was wondering if ‘skive off’ would work as well.

“Most of the new students skive off classes every chance they get.”

What about ‘play truant’? Is it only used in formal settings?

Thank you.

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Certainly in British English we use 'skive off' regularly. 'Play truant' is also used, but tends to be a bit more formal or old-fashioned.

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Ann225“Most of the new students skive off classes every chance they get.”

In British English the red part is not needed. Bunk off is the general way of putting it.

Ann225What about ‘play truant’? Is it only used in formal settings?

That's normally the case. I've only heard teachers and the media use it.

Thank you so much. Emotion: smile

American English: play hooky

CJ

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