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    #1

    We can learn a lot about the world from reading books and newspapers.

    I believe the following sentences are both right (but correct me if I'm wrong!):
    1) We can learn a lot about the world from reading books and newspapers.
    2) We can learn a lot about the world by reading books and newspapers.

    However, it feels like there might be a slight difference in meaning. If so, I'd be grateful if someone could explain it to me.
    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by ivferraz; 27-Jan-2017 at 18:40.

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    Re: Verb + preposition (Learn)

    Given that sentence 1 and 2 are identical*, they mean the same thing.

    *Not any more, after OP made a little correction.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 27-Jan-2017 at 18:44. Reason: To note OP's correction.
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    Re: Verb + preposition (Learn)

    Quote Originally Posted by ivferraz View Post
    I believe the following sentences are both right (but correct me if I'm wrong!):
    1) We can learn a lot about the world from reading books and newspapers.
    2) We can learn a lot about the world by reading books and newspapers.

    However, it feels like there might be a slight difference in meaning. If so, I'd be grateful if someone could explain it to me.
    Sentence 1 would be better without reading; it would then use the construction learn + from + noun. (I suppose reading books and newspapers is a noun phrase which can also work that way.) Sentence 2 is OK as it is. There's no significant difference in meaning.
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    Re: We can learn a lot about the world from reading books and newspapers.

    I have changed your thread title. Titles should include some/all of the words/phrases in your post. Generic titles such as the one you used aren't individual enough. Also, I have deleted both of your "Thank you" posts. It is not necessary to add a new post to say "Thank you". Simply click on the "Thank" button - I can see that you have already found the "Like" button - the "Thank" button is next to it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: We can learn a lot about the world from reading books and newspapers.

    Unless it takes up space in the virtual world, I don see why I can't be polite and write thank you instead of clicking on a smiley face. Maybe I'm just old-fashioned.
    Also, I find all the editing quite strange. Having a whole sentence as subject is rather odd.

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    Re: We can learn a lot about the world from reading books and newspapers.

    Each new post in a thread marks the thread as having new content. Volunteers who try to answer a lot of questions then take a moment to read the new post. When it's just a thank-you, they could have spent that moment helping someone else.

    Having thread titles that match the contents makes it easier for everyone to navigate.

    The forum doesn't try to be ungrateful, just efficient.
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    Re: We can learn a lot about the world from reading books and newspapers.

    I take your point and I won't do it again.
    Still, an explanatory message would have sufficed. I very much disliked having my messages deleted.

    Apologies for "the new content".

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