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    to bone up on

    Are the sentences below correct and natural (especially the underlined part)?

    1. I used to bone up on much, too, when I was at school.
    2. I used to bone up on much, too, when I was going to school.

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    #2

    Re: to bone up on

    Neither of your examples is natural. To bone up on something is an idiom that means to learn the details of something rapidly and perhaps temporarily. It would never be naturally used with much.

    If I were a medical student facing an anatomy exam, I might bone up on anatomy. If I subsequently remember what I boned up on, all's well. If not, probably I will be an incompetent physician.

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    Re: to bone up on

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Neither of your examples is natural. To bone up on something is an idiom that means to learn the details of something rapidly and perhaps temporarily. It would never be naturally used with much.

    If I were a medical student facing an anatomy exam, I might bone up on anatomy. If I subsequently remember what I boned up on, all's well. If not, probably I will be an incompetent physician.
    Thanks. And without the word "much", if I say e.g.:

    1. I used to bone up on, too, when I was at school.
    2. I used to bone up on, too, when I was going to school.

    Will it be correct and natural?

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    #4

    Re: to bone up on

    No, they are not correct.

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    Re: to bone up on

    Which part of these sentences are not correct 1st - "I used to bone up on, too" or 2nd - "when I was at school" ("when I was going to school") ?

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    #6

    Re: to bone up on

    Try something like this:

    I used to bone up on history the night before the exam when I was at school.


    In your examples, you haven't said what it was you used to study, which is why the sentences don't work. You have to bone up on something, but your sentences bone up on nothing.

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    Re: to bone up on

    Now, I uderstand.

    My last question- are the sentences below correct and natural:

    1. I used to bone up on history much/a lot the night before the exam when I was at school. - I think is wrong.
    2. I used to bone up on conversation topics, too, when I had a date. - I think is ok.

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    Re: to bone up on

    1 is wrong with "much".

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    Re: to bone up on

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    1 is wrong with "much".
    and 1st sentence is also wrong with "a lot"? Am I right?
    Last edited by kompstar; 09-Mar-2015 at 16:26.

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    Re: to bone up on

    It's OK with "a lot".

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