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    studying / learning how to drive, practicing driving?

    Martha is enrolled in a driving school.

    A: Where's Martha?

    B: She left to practice her driving. She just enrolled in a driving school last week.

    Is practicing driving the appropriate verb for what you do at a driving school? Or should B have said She left to learn how to drive? I know you can say She left for her driving lessons or She left for her driving practice, but what would be the verb to use? Especially in response to a child's asking "What is she doing?"

    C and D are in a conversation:

    C: Does Martha know how to drive?

    D: Not yet. But she's studying how to drive. She just enrolled in a driving school last week.

    Can you say somebody is studying how to drive if she is enrolled in a driving school? Or should it be She's learning how to drive?

    I know if you say somebody's enrolled in a driving school that's already enough information. So maybe my real question is what are the natural ways to describe what you do at a driving school? Do you learn how to drive, study how to drive, or practice driving?
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    Re: studying / learning how to drive, practicing driving?

    I'm sure it varies somewhat by driving school and country, but I'd imagine almost any driving school is going to involve a combination of supervised driving practice and studying the various driving rules and regulations.

    If I had to summarize everything in a single word, I'd probably say that person is 'learning to drive', but such students would also practice driving and study, so you could also say they're 'studying for their license'.
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    Re: studying / learning how to drive, practicing driving?

    Note: confusingly for students, in British English they'd be practising for their licence.

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    Re: studying / learning how to drive, practicing driving?

    Is it a mistake to say "she is enrolled in a driving school"?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    Re: studying / learning how to drive, practicing driving?

    It's not a mistake; it would be understood, but I've never heard it said in BE.

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    Re: studying / learning how to drive, practicing driving?

    Quote Originally Posted by curiousmarcus View Post
    Can you say somebody is studying how to drive if she is enrolled in a driving school?
    I'd use learning for a practical skill like driving.

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    Re: studying / learning how to drive, practicing driving?

    I agree with Tdol, but they could be studying for the theoretical section of the UK driving test—learning the Highway Code.

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