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  1. keannu's Avatar
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    #1

    He is good at studying

    If you want to praise a model student, which would be the best way among these?
    1. He is good at studying.
    2. He is good at study.

    What about the opposite case?
    1. He is poor at studying.
    2. He is poor at study.

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    #2

    Re: He is good at studying

    I don't think those are natural.

    He is a good/brilliant student.
    He is good at his studies.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: He is good at studying

    Then, is only 1 natural?
    1. Even though I'm a good student, if I don't make an effort, I wouldn't be able to enter a good university.
    2. Even though I'm good at studying,...

    Do you say "He is a poor student or bad student" if his academic performance isn't good?

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    #4

    Re: He is good at studying

    He did not do well in his studies/exams. He has poor academic record.
    I think calling someone "a poor/bad student" would be undiplomatic and hurts one's self-esteem.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: He is good at studying

    Sentence one is natural. Sentence two is not.

    We say a person is a poor student.

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