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  1. Member
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    #1

    learned the meaning of what my mother said

    I’m so glad that I had this unforgettable experience. I truly learned the meaning of what my mother said. You don’t need to do much to make a difference to others’ lives.

    (from the English test paper, Senior High School Entrance Examination, 2018, Shanghai, China)

    I wonder if the use of ‘learned’ is correct. What about using ‘understood’ to replace it?

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    Retired English Teacher
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    #2

    Re: learned the meaning of what my mother said

    Both words are fine in that context.

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    Interested in Language
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    #3

    Re: learned the meaning of what my mother said

    The red sentence is fine. As it's punctuated, though, the next sentence is a non sequitur. The fix would be to use a colon rather than a period ("full stop" in British English) at the end of the red text and follow it with a lower-case Y.
    I am not a teacher.

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