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    #1

    to this school

    "I'm new to this school." If I've been studying at a language school ,shall I say, for two years at the moment of speaking, could I say "I've been to this school for two years now."?

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    Re: to this school

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "I'm new to this school." If I've been studying at a language school ,shall I say, for two years at the moment of speaking, could I say "I've been to this school for two years now."?
    "I've been at this school..."

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    Re: to this school

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "I've been at this school..."

    We have several new teachers at the English Center, I come to the conversation club at. During the "get to know" class each of them would step upfront and said "Hi! My name is bla bla bla. I'm new to this school.'' Why wouold they use the preposition "to" instead of "at"? "I'm new at this school."

    Woudl it work, if meant " I've been going to this school for two years now." ?

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    Re: to this school

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    We have several new teachers at the English Center, I come to the conversation club at. During the "get to know" class each of them would step upfront and said "Hi! My name is bla bla bla. I'm new to this school.'' Why would they use the preposition "to" instead of "at"? "I'm new at this school."
    Probably because they felt like it. Both 'to' and 'at' can be used here, with a slightly different meaning.

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    Re: to this school

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Probably because they felt like it. Both 'to' and 'at' can be used here, with a slightly different meaning.
    Hope I'm not being a pain in ..........! What's that slightly different meaning?

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    Re: to this school

    new to this school - being unfamiliar with the place
    new at this school - being a new student

    not a teacher

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    #7

    Re: to this school

    I'm new to computers = I haven't used computers before
    I'm new to learning Spanish = I've never tried to learn it before
    I'm new to this company = I've only recently started working here

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