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    to credit back

    I can't find in any dictionary the verb 'to credit back', though I understand the meaning of the following sentence (to credit back = to be equal).

    The degree students get abroad credit back the home degree.

    My question is: Why can't I find the verb 'to credit back' in dictionaries? Is this verb commonly used? Is it Br, AmE or both?
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    Re: to credit back

    Your example sentence doesn't make much sense. My guess is that it is a direct, word-by-word translation. I think you may be able to figure out something if you look into the use of credit as a noun or a verb in talking about accounting. Perhaps it means something like:

    A degree earned overseas may count as credit toward a degree at X university.

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    Re: to credit back

    You should be able to find definitions for the verb "to credit".

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    Re: to credit back

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    You should be able to find definitions for the verb "to credit".
    I did find them, but none of them fits the given context. And I couldn't find the definition for the verb "to credit back to" with the meaning "to be egual to" either.
    Last edited by englishhobby; 07-Jul-2017 at 08:10.
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    Re: to credit back

    Quote Originally Posted by J&K Tutoring View Post
    Your example sentence doesn't make much sense. My guess is that it is a direct, word-by-word translation. I think you may be able to figure out something if you look into the use of credit as a noun or a verb in talking about accounting. Perhaps it means something like:

    A degree earned overseas may count as credit toward a degree at X university.
    Thank you for rephrasing. And coming back to the original sentence, I've found there was a typo. Is it better now?

    The degree students get abroad credit back to their home degree.
    Last edited by englishhobby; 07-Jul-2017 at 20:53.
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    Re: to credit back

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    No. The thought needs to be expressed as J & K Tutoring expressed it.
    And is there a phrase to credit back to something meaning "to be equal to something" in the English language at all?
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    Re: to credit back

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    No. The thought needs to be expressed as J & K Tutoring expressed it.
    There is a video on Youtube with the phrase in question. Is it incorrect? Or is it a local (Australian) "taste" of English?


    The University of Sydney offers a unique Study Abroad programme, where students from all around the world can enroll in classes of their choice that credit back to their home degree.



    https://youtu.be/w2bg-N_RzfI?t=11
    Last edited by englishhobby; 07-Jul-2017 at 20:54.
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    Re: to credit back

    It's correct. It doesn't mean "to be equal". You should apply the definition you found of "to credit" to this case.

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