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    #1

    student at or of

    "We are students the first-year students at State University."

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    "We are the first-year students of State University." What preposition should I use ''at" or "of"?
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    Re: student at or of

    In the US, "at."

    (first-year should have a hyphen when it comes immediately before students)
    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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    Re: student at or of

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    In the US, "at."

    (first-year should have a hyphen when it comes immediately before students)
    Is it possible that in another english-speaking country they might say "of"? Or ''of" is just incorrect?

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    Re: student at or of

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Is it possible that in another english-speaking country they might say "of"? Or ''of" is just incorrect?
    If it is used in other countries, I would still say it´s not correct.
    "We are first-year students at ....." Omit the article the. Capitalize English. You can use of in a different context. "We are first-year students of biology at State U."

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    Re: student at or of

    You can use of with the subject studied:

    We are students of Psychology (at State U.),

    though I think most people would express this as:

    We are Psychology students.

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    Re: student at or of

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    You can use of with the subject studied:

    We are students of Psychology (at State U.),

    though I think most people would express this as:

    We are Psychology students.

    I may say I'm a student of linguistics at State U..?

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    Re: student at or of

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    I may say I'm a student of linguistics at State U..?
    Yes, but as fivejedjon has pointed out, it is more frequently expressed as "I`m a linguistics student at...."

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    Re: student at or of

    If you had kept the "the" it would mean you were all of the first-year students. Perhaps the entire freshman class was planning a charity project, so it was not necessarily incorrect.
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    #9

    Re: student at or of

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Is it possible that in another english-speaking country they might say "of"? Or ''of" is just incorrect?
    One thing I have learned is that prepositions vary more than I would have thought.

    On/in the street, on/at the weekend, for example, so I no longer say "This is the way to say it." Instead, it's qualified with "this is how I say it."
    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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