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Makigi
Croatia

occupations
 
Hello!
I need help with occupations, 
A person who drives a train is a train driver?
What about a person who repairs clocks? Watchmaker?
And the one that cleans chimneys? 
I teach British English. 
Thnx! 

29 Nov 2014      





Julia45
Slovakia

A person who cleans chimneys is a chimney sweep.

29 Nov 2014     



ironik
Australia

In American English, a person who drives a train is also called an engineer.

An engineer pulled his freight train into a siding.


In British English, a person who drives a train is called an engine driver.

source: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/engine+driver

29 Nov 2014     



yanogator
United States

I wouldn īt say that "clock smith" is common in the US. I have never heard the word. I would say clock repair person. A watchmaker actually makes watches, which most repair people don īt do. B

ruce

29 Nov 2014     



kwsp
United States

Hi! Here are some examples of a clocksmith for clock repair in the US. Hope this helps! Jos Dubois Clocksmith expert servicing and repair of fine mechanical clocks in Charelston, SC  http://www.clocksmith.us/

 
Thomas England Clocksmith your one trusted source for repair in Chapel Hill, NC  http://www.thomasenglundclocksmith.com/
 
 

29 Nov 2014     



Makigi
Croatia

Thank you all for your answers! :)
m. 

29 Nov 2014     



FrauSue
France

I īm British and I wouldn īt say "engine driver" for someone who drives a train. I would simply say "train driver".

30 Nov 2014     



Makigi
Croatia

Thank you FrauSue, you have made my life easier! I will definitely use "train driver" and it īs much easier for my little ones to remember it, too ;) Could you tell me is īengine driver ī more formal or you don īt use it at all.
Thanx for your help! 

30 Nov 2014     



FrauSue
France

Hi Magiki,
I īve never used "engine driver" - I always say "train driver". But remember that even UK English has lots of regional differences, so it might be common elsewhere in the UK! I īve only ever used "engine" to refer to a train in the context of the children īs character Thomas the Tank Engine, or for old-fashioned steam engines (traction engines) that you see at vintage fairs. A modern train is just a "train" in my vocabulary.

4 Dec 2014     



Makigi
Croatia

Hi FrauSue, I have already made the flashcards and wss (and used train driver), but thnx a lot. I have English club once a week for my "A" students, so this is just something extra I īll do with them, it īs not really a part of our curriculum, so to say, but  I īll be sure to mention what you have nicely explained :)
Thanks again! 
Makigi 

5 Dec 2014