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  1. hilaryy

    "study" or "learn"

    Can someone point me in the direction of a very clear and detailed explanation of when to use "learn" and when to use "study."

    For example:
    Q: What did you do last night?
    A: I learned English.

    That was fast! What the kid wants to say is "I studied English."
    But how can I help him understand why he should use "study" instead of "learn" here? Is there a set of rules posted somewhere on the Internet about this usage? Trying to piece it together myself is giving me a headache.

    Thank you,

  2. Casiopea's Avatar

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    Re: "study" or "learn"

    "study" doesn't imply that you actually learned something. "I learned English" is fine, although it is ambiguous. It could mean [a] I learned the entire English language in one night or [b] I understand what was taught. To learn something means to know it, whereas to study something doesn't necessarily mean you understand it. You could study something and still not understand it/know it.

    Hope that helps.


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