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    course

    Some people see this course as a soft option.

    What does 'course' here mean?

    Thanks!


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    Re: course

    Quote Originally Posted by lauraguan View Post
    Some people see this course as a soft option.

    What does 'course' here mean?

    Thanks!
    Without the context, I can only guess.

    But I'd guess it means "plan, path, solution plan, course of action."

    Course
    a : accustomed procedure or normal action <the law taking its course>
    b : a chosen manner of conducting oneself : way of acting <our wisest course is to retreat>

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    Re: course

    Thank you very much, Ann1977. Thank you for your always clear and detailed explanation!

    Best wishes!

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    Re: course

    Quote Originally Posted by Ann1977 View Post
    Without the context, I can only guess.

    But I'd guess it means "plan, path, solution plan, course of action."

    Course
    a : accustomed procedure or normal action <the law taking its course>
    b : a chosen manner of conducting oneself : way of acting <our wisest course is to retreat>
    Also, and possibly more likely in the context: [C] a set of classes or a plan of study on a particular subject, usually resulting in an examination or qualification Tim did a three-year course in linguistics at Newcastle.
    They're going away on a training course next week.
    I'd like to UK do/US take a writing course when I retire.


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    Re: course

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Also, and possibly more likely in the context: [C] a set of classes or a plan of study on a particular subject, usually resulting in an examination or qualification Tim did a three-year course in linguistics at Newcastle.
    They're going away on a training course next week.
    I'd like to UK do/US take a writing course when I retire.
    Well, naturally that was my first reaction.

    But I was influenced by that "soft option."

    If it had said "easy option," I wouldn't have had much doubt, and I would have automatically thought it means what you suggest.

    But "soft" in uses like this is a business term, in phrases like "soft solutions" and "PeopleSoft." You might be right, but in a context-free expression, I thought not "college course" but "business choice."

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