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    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

    According to entry (1) of the link, students at a universities could do study (uncountable) or studies (countable). Are those two forms of "study" the same?

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    Re: Study/Studies

    Quote Originally Posted by CaseyA View Post
    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

    According to entry (1) of the link, students at a universities could do study (uncountable) or studies (countable). Are those two forms of "study" the same?
    As far as I can see, there is no mention of 'do study/studies'

    The entry reads (my emphasis added): "1 : the activity or process of learning about something by reading, memorizing facts, attending school, etc. [noncount] ▪ Becoming a doctor requires years of study. ▪ You can improve your knowledge of the natural world by study and observation. ▪ She is engaged in the study of law. [=she is studying law] ▪ You can design your own course of study. [=you can choose the subjects you will study] [plural] ▪ She will return to her studies after vacation. ▪ He left the service to pursue his studies."

    The plural form is often used for "a particular person's learning activities, for example at a college or university: to continue/pursue your studies" - ALD

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    Re: Study/Studies

    Would it be reasonable to say that "studies" is way more formal than "study", and that "studies" can only happen in a university setting and "study" is more along the lines of informal hobbies?

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    Re: Study/Studies

    Quote Originally Posted by CaseyA View Post
    Would it be reasonable to say that "studies" is way more formal than "study", and that "studies" can only happen in a university setting and "study" is more along the lines of informal hobbies?
    Certainly not.

    Once again, you have leapt to a misinformed conclusion.

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    Re: Study/Studies

    Quote Originally Posted by CaseyA View Post
    Would it be reasonable to say that "studies" is way more formal than "study", and that "studies" can only happen in a university setting and "study" is more along the lines of informal hobbies?
    No. Once again you are adding meaning that is not there, Read the dictionary entry again - "attending school, etc. [noncount] ▪ Becoming a doctor requires years of study. ▪ You can improve your knowledge of the natural world by study and observation. ▪ She is engaged in the study of law. [=she is studying law]". This is not talking about informal hobbies.

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    Re: Study/Studies

    Rover beat me to it, but we gave the same message.

    Casey, correcting your conclusion-jumping is becoming rather trying. Please read our answers (and dictionary definitions) more carefully and try to read the words as they are written. Those of us who respond to questions are occasionally unclear, and we have been known to make mistakes, but we try to say what we mean - and I think we usually succeed.

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