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    Theory Vs. Practice

    Contrast knowledge gained from experience with knowledge gained from books

    The first thing that pops up when we compare Italian Universities with American Universities regards that much more practice is being taught in the American ones. In Italy much theory is taught and students are always committed to studying books full of formulas and calculations. But when it comes to get to working, it's like you had never studied anything before. Everything it's so different from what you studied in class. Why is that they teach you all that theory, most people ask? If you asked a professor this question, he would probably respond that you first need to understand what's under a model, what the equations that rule it are, and only after that you can start with practice.
    But albeit practice cannot spare theory, more practice and perhaps less theory might be taught. I agree with the fact that theory is important. But it often happens that, when you don't get your head around something, it's just because it hasn't been shown you the practical aspect, how it really works. That's the key point. Both theory and practice (not only theory) should be taught at school, in order to run better the students through the subject and make it easier and lot more fun.

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    Re: Theory Vs. Practice

    The first thing that arises when we compare Italian universities with American universities, is that there is much more practice in the American ones. In Italy, much theory is taught and students are always committed to studying books full of formulas and calculations. However, when it comes to get to working, it's like you had never studied anything before. Everything is so different from what you studied in class. Why is it that they teach you all that theory, most people ask ?. If you asked a professor this question, they would probably respond that you first need to understand what's behind a model, what the equations that rule it are, and only after that can you start with practice. However, although practice cannot spare theory, more practice and perhaps less theory might be taught. I agree with the fact that theory is important, but it often happens that, when you don't get your head around something, it's just because it hasn't been shown to you in a practical context, or how it really works. That's the key point. Both theory and practice (not only theory) should be focused on at school, in order to teach the students the subject better and make it easier and much more fun.

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    Re: Theory Vs. Practice

    Hi! Thank you for the correction. I have a couple of questions. Why have you written (in bold) "and only after that can you start with practice" instead of "you can start"?
    Why is "it hasn't been shown to you" and not "it hasn't been shown you" if the construction is "to show smb smth"?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Theory Vs. Practice

    Why have you written (in bold) "and only after that can you start with practice" instead of "you can start"?
    Inversion with negative adverbials.

    Why is "it hasn't been shown to you" and not "it hasn't been shown you" if the construction is "to show smb smth"?
    You could also say: "you haven't been shown it" if you like.

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