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    Thousands are heading back to school, making public colleges and universities among the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal U.S. economy.

    1) What is meant with "Thousands are heading back to school"?

    2) What is meant with "in an otherwise dismal U.S. economy"? How it is linked with other parts of this sentence?

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    Thousands of students are going back to school for a new semester. "Otherwise" is used to compare the "dismal US economy" with the "few bright spots" (public colleges and universities).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Are peoples going back only to school? Not to college and universities? If they are not going back only to school, so why the words 'college' and 'universities' has been used here?

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    By "school", I meant all educational institutions.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: complicated sentence

    In the US, we use "school" to mean university.
    If I ask "Where did you go to school?" I mean university. I understand this is a difference from other countries.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: complicated sentence

    Yes, in the UK, "school" is generally accepted to only cover education up to the age of 16 or 18. After that, we ask "Where did you go to university?" or "Where did you do your degree?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: complicated sentence

    In the US we use "school" to mean elementary school, high school, and/or university, depending on context.

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    Thanks to all. All of you are really great.

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    We know we are! And you're welcome, but there is no need to write a new post to say "Thank you". Simply click on the "Thank" button in the left-hand corner of any post you find helpful. It saves time for everyone.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: complicated sentence

    For the second time, a better title would have been Thousands are heading back to school.

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    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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