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    it is grammatical because it is an abstract concept?

    Original sentence: it is common for children in Australia to have drama lessons in high school.

    A teacher commented that 'high school' is a concept and abstraction here and hence there is no need to pluralize it. Is this correct? I thought it should be in high schools. thanks

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    Re: it is grammatical because it is an abstract concept?

    I agree with your teacher.

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    #3

    Re: it is grammatical because it is an abstract concept?

    +1.

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    Re: it is grammatical because it is an abstract concept?

    Hello.
    I'd like to ask a question here.
    Does this 'in high school' have a similar meaning to 'in high school education'?
    Thank you.

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    Re: it is grammatical because it is an abstract concept?

    I would say yes to that, TZF.

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    Re: it is grammatical because it is an abstract concept?

    For me, it more likely means "during high school" -- those years. Your suggestion is not incorrect, though.

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    #7

    Re: it is grammatical because it is an abstract concept?

    I'd take it to mean "while they are in high school", which is similar to Mike's suggestion. Compare:

    "Many people catch infections in hospital."
    "You can study history at university."
    "People do a lot of things in bed."

    The plurals are all correct too, but not colloquial.

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