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    joham is offline Senior Member
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    Default have studied/learned

    Oxford Collocations Dictionary:
    I've been learning Arabic for four years.

    I always used 'learn' in sentences like this until I read the following book recently:

    1001 Common Chinese Errors in English (by three American writers):
    I've studied (NOT: learned) English for seven years.

    Is this one of the differences between AmE and BrE?

    Many thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: have studied/learned

    To say "I've learned for 4 years" is incorrect.

    To say "I have been learning for 4 years" is OK.

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    joham is offline Senior Member
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    Default Re: have studied/learned

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    To say "I've learned for 4 years" is incorrect.

    To say "I have been learning for 4 years" is OK.
    Thanks, SoothingDave. Is it becase of the tense or the choice of the verb that "I've learned English for 4 years" is incorrect?

    Thank you again.

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    Default Re: have studied/learned

    It's the tense - not the choice of verb.

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    Default Re: have studied/learned

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Oxford Collocations Dictionary:
    I've been learning Arabic for four years.

    I always used 'learn' in sentences like this until I read the following book recently:

    1001 Common Chinese Errors in English (by three American writers):
    I've studied (NOT: learned) English for seven years.

    Is this one of the differences between AmE and BrE?

    Many thanks in advance.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) More than one year ago, we had a wonderful discussion about

    "study" vs. "learn."

    (2) Since I do not know how to link, please go to the search box and

    type the following exactly as follows:

    whats-difference-betw 118401

    (3) You may find it somewhat helpful.

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