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    #1

    "learn smth" and "learn of smth"

    It seems to me (from what I encountered) that the phrases given below have different meaning:
    a) "learn smth" - get new knowledge
    and
    b) "learn of smth" - receive new information

    Am I right?

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    Re: "learn smth" and "learn of smth"

    As an NES but not an English specialist:

    Yes, but we don't handle "text messages".
    Please, in future, use the full English word rather than abbreviations, which may mean different things to different people - e.g. "lol".
    Regards
    R21

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    #3

    Re: "learn smth" and "learn of smth"

    Quote Originally Posted by Pierce111 View Post
    It seems to me (from what I encountered) that the phrases given below have different meaning:

    a) "learn something" - get new knowledge
    and
    b) "learn of something" - receive new information

    Am I right?
    As always, context helps but at its most basic level, you are right.

    At school, I learnt French.
    Yesterday, chatting to my friend, I learnt of a new computer that has just been brought out.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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