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    What/Which college did you study in/at/from?

    When you are not sure about the college where a person has studied. How do you ask it?

    1. Which college did you study?
    2. Which college did you study in?
    3. Which college did you study at?
    4. Which college did you study from?
    5. What college did you study?
    6. What college did you study in?
    7. What college did you study at?
    8. What college did you study from?


    I think when you use "What" college you don't know about the college at all. And when you use "Which" college then a certain number of colleges are known to you are have been discussed and you are actually asking which one of those colleges.

    Also tell me if you can put the prepositions, "in/at/from" in the start?

    At what college
    In what college
    From what college


    or

    At which college
    In what college
    From what college


    Tell me about the correct usage with correct preposition.

    Tell me about the most natural way of saying it.

    Do let me know if there is any other way of saying the same thing that sounds more natural.
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    Re: Wha/Whicht college did you study in/at/from?

    • go to (a certain college)
    • study at (a certain college)


    Which/What college did you go to?
    Which/What college did you study at?

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    Re: Wha/Whicht college did you study in/at/from?

    Also:

    Where did you go to college?

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    Re: Wha/Whicht college did you study in/at/from?

    Which university did you graduate from?

    In the UK, we don't graduate from college. College is the institution we attend from the age of 16 to the age of 18. No matter what qualifications you get at the end of that (usually AS Levels and/or A Levels), you are not a graduate. You graduate when you get your degree which, in the UK, you can only get at a university (or through private study).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Wha/Whicht college did you study in/at/from?

    Little side note: In the US, we say "Where did you go to school?" to mean "What college/university did you attend?"

    From what I understand, using "school" for college is uniquely American.

    I once insulted some university students from India when, upon learning they were full-time students, I asked them where they went to school. They indignantly informed me they went to university, not school.

    I'd say "Where did you go to school?"
    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: Wha/Whicht college did you study in/at/from?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Little side note: In the US, we say "Where did you go to school?" to mean "What college/university did you attend?"

    From what I understand, using "school" for college is uniquely American.
    So, don't you have colleges in the United States?

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    Re: Wha/Whicht college did you study in/at/from?

    Yes, we have colleges. They are usually two- or four-year higher education institutions. Also, some universities have administrative units called colleges; for example, the undergraduate part of Harvard University is formally known as Harvard College.

    The first four years of education after high school are commonly referred to as college, whether they're spent at a college or a university. Universities are colleges which also offer graduate degrees such as masters and PhDs.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Wha/Whicht college did you study in/at/from?

    The point I wanted to make is that we commonly say "school" to refer to these institutions.

    Of course we HAVE colleges. The terminology is not always very distinct. A university might have "College of Law" which grants a JD, and it might have a "School of Medicine" that grants and MD.

    Where did you go to school? = Where did you go to college? = What college did you go to? = What school did you go to?
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    Re: Wha/Whicht college did you study in/at/from?

    In Britain, generally:

    Where did you go to school? (= secondary school, 11-16/18, unless context makes it clear that primary school, 5-11 is meant).
    Where did you go to college? (= 16-18)
    Where did you go to university?

    also: Which/What school/college/university did you go to?

    If/when we know that the person addressed went to a collegiate university (e.g., Oxford, Cambridge, Durham) , we may ask:

    Which college were you at?


    Most universities are called universities, but even those that are not (e.g. The London School Of Economics and King's College, London) are still referred to as universities.

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    Re: Wha/Whicht college did you study in/at/from?

    And to really confuse people, we have University College School, which is a school.

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