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    What does the word academic mean? Here on usingenglish.com, one has the options to register as:

    * Student or learner
    * English teacher
    * Academic
    * Other

    To my understanding academic here means a person related to the English language at college level or higher, is that right?
    For example someone who studies English at any university, or English Literature in general, or anything related to linguistic would be an academic, correct? And also college professors and teachers of English as well as linguistic researchers.
    Someone could be an academic here regardless of being a native speaker, I guess.

    What do you say about my interpretation above regard the word academic ?
    Do you agree?

    P.S.: Feel free to correct any possible mistakes of mine on this post.

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    This was discussed recently, but here goes again. To me "Academic" indicates either someone teaching at tertiary level, or someone who is carrying out research, either practical or esoteric, within a recognised academic institution such as a university.

    Someone who is studying a subject in order to acquire a degree is a Student.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    This was discussed recently, but here goes again. To me "Academic" indicates either someone teaching at tertiary level, or someone who is carrying out research, either practical or esoteric, within a recognised academic institution such as a university.

    Someone who is studying a subject in order to acquire a degree is a Student.
    That's true as far as definitions in general go. But in this specific case, "student" means, to me, a learner of English rather than someone who is confident that their replies are correct.
    That is, there must be some reason for having these profiles attached to one's post. An academic, using Anglika's definition, who speaks very little English would be best to tick "student or learner". Of course, the best teachers and academics are also students and learners at the same time.

    In an ESL situation people want to know (I assume, from the profile requirement) what qualifications or experience does this person have to answer my question?; how likely are they to be right?, etc. Otherwise, why have a profile?

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    Thanks for your answers.
    I just would like to point that by the word college I meant university (or tertiary level as Anglika says).

    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post

    To my understanding academic here means a person related to the English language at college level or higher, is that right?
    For example someone who studies English at any university, or English Literature in general, or anything related to linguistic would be an academic, correct? And also college professors and teachers of English as well as linguistic researchers.
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    Thanks svartnik, really the same thread.

    By the way I think there should be a way here to unite similar threads.
    Or is there one and I am still not aware of?

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    You don't need to unite them, just search for existing threads before starting a second one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    You don't need to unite them, just search for existing threads before starting a second one.
    Ok, I'll do it. Sorry once more.
    But if it is really not possible to unite such threads, may it be a suggestion
    for the admistrative staff. Not only about the presene thread, but surely
    situations like this happen all the time.

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    Academic can mean everything the American Heritage Dictionary says it can mean, depending on how one uses it and in which context one uses it.

    http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?s=academic+


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    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    P.S.: Feel free to correct any possible mistakes of mine on this post.
    Okay, since I've noticed this request each time you post a message, I'll point one thing that you can correct.

    Feel free to correct any possible mistakes of mine on this post.

    Feel free to correct any possible mistakes of mine in this post.

    A post, or a message, is a kind of area with limitations or boundaries, so that's why it's "in this post". We use on for surfaces.

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