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    Default go over/go through /revise ?

    Hello!

    I'm struggling to find a good verb that would convey the idea of looking at or studying some information again so as to refresh one's memory of it because it will be needed later. I've come up with 'go over', 'go through' and 'revise', but I'm afraid they don't fit the idea. What I mean is:

    (a teacher to his students): Okay, today we're going to practice giving directions, but before that let's go over / go through/ revise prepositions of place.
    ...all right, let's do some revision on modal verbs before we read and discuss the text.
    ...and before we move on to the listening section, we'll go over/ go through ways of giving advice.

    Honestly, I've looked all the three up, but they don't seem to fit the context. Or do they work here?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: go over/go through /revise ?

    Review.

    It's what would be said in American schools.

    Before we jump back into quadratic equations, let's review the order of operations, okay?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: go over/go through /revise ?

    Thank you, but aren't review' and 'revise' used to talk about preparing for a test or an exam?

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    Revise is never used that way in American English. It came as yet another surprise to me on the differences between American and British English that in the UK, it's used to mean what we call "review." In the US, if you revise something, you change it.

    We review material, used exactly as I showed you above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Revise is never used that way in American English. It came as yet another surprise to me on the differences between American and British English that in the UK, it's used to mean what we call "review." In the US, if you revise something, you change it.
    You'll get it right, in time.

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    Default Re: go over/go through /revise ?

    Thank you! I think I need to learn that.

    Apart from 'review', are there any other verbs that would go with the context? What would a teacher in England say?

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    Default Re: go over/go through /revise ?

    I would use the word "summarise".

    Before proceeding to our next topic lets summarise what we have learnt so far...

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    Default Re: go over/go through /revise ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Revise is never used that way in American English. It came as yet another surprise to me on the differences between American and British English that in the UK, it's used to mean what we call "review." In the US, if you revise something, you change it.

    We review material, used exactly as I showed you above.
    "Revise" is from the French "réviser" to examine afresh, to look at again. In other words, it means exactly the same as "review".

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "Revise" is from the French "réviser" to examine afresh, to look at again. In other words, it means exactly the same as "review".
    I don't agree.

    For me, review means (roughly):
    1. look over something, to see if it is satisfactory;
    2. look back on past situations;
    3. inspect troops;
    4. write a report on a film, book, play, etc;

    revise means (roughly):
    1. change, correct, improve;
    2. study for a test or examination. (That appears to be BrE only; Barb tells us that Americans would use review for this).

    Revise can be used intransitively. Can review?

    The answer to Verona's original question is revise (BrE) or review (AmE).

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    Default Re: go over/go through /revise ?

    Originally Posted by bhaisahab
    "Revise" is from the French "réviser" to examine afresh, to look at again. In other words, it means exactly the same as "review".


    What I should have said is that both revise and review come from similar origins and have similar meanings. "Revise" from "réviser", "look at again" and "review" from "revoir", "see again". In the light of that, it seems to me understandable that the Americans might use one, while the British use the other to mean the same thing.

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