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    #1

    pick up their children from their schoolS.

    Which of the following screen is correct?

    1) There are people who buy cars only to pick up their children from their schools.

    2) There are people who buy cars only to pick up their children from school.

    I think 1 is correct as I'm talking about rendom people and naturally their children should be in different schools. But I'm also confused about 2 as Google shoes a lot of results when I looked up.
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    Last edited by Ashraful Haque; 18-Oct-2019 at 21:58. Reason: grammatical mistake corrected.

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    #2

    Re: pick up their children from their schoolS.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    Which of the following screen is correct?

    1) There are people who buy cars only to pick up their children from their schools.

    2) There are people who buy cars only to pick up their children from school.

    I think 1 is correct as I'm talking about random people and naturally their children should be in different schools. But I'm also confused about 2 as Google shoes shows a lot of results when I looked up examples.
    Thanks.
    As a general statement #2 works best, regardless of whether their children are in different schools.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 18-Oct-2019 at 22:26. Reason: making a further correction in the quote

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    #3

    Re: pick up their children from their schoolS.

    People collect their children from the school they go to. Some have children in different schools. However, this isn't very important- you go to a certain school, possibly two, to get your kids. We're not talking about random parents, random kids and random schools in this sentence. If we were, we could say something like this:

    Some parents only buy cars to pick up their kids from whichever school[s] they go to.

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    #4

    Re: pick up their children from their schoolS.

    "drop your kids off at school" and "pick your kids up from school" are pretty much set phrases, regardless of how many different schools they go to.

    I have to pick my kids up from school between 3.30 and 4.
    She drops her kids off at school every morning. She's got seven kids so it takes her over an hour.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: pick up their children from their schoolS.

    Work works the same way: My wife picks me and our son up from work every day. Our offices are both on her way home from work so it works out perfectly.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: pick up their children from their schoolS.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Work works the same way: My wife picks me and our son up from work every day. Our offices are both on her way home from work so it works out perfectly.
    Yes. Both work and school when used in this way denote non-specific (therefore non-countable) ideas. That is, they do not refer to particular places in the world but rather something more abstract.

    It's the same when you say, for example, I have to get the kids ready for school or I left school at sixteen. The way I think about it is that school signifies a kind of activity rather than a place.

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    Re: pick up their children from their schoolS.

    Are there anything else besides work and school that are used like this?

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    #8

    Re: pick up their children from their schoolS.

    You can also use it with various social institutions, such as prison, court, church, and hospital, to name a few.

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    #9

    Re: pick up their children from their schoolS.

    I just came across another similar one:
    "My classmates don't want me to go to their house/houses?"

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    #10

    Re: pick up their children from their schoolS.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    I just came across another similar one:
    "My classmates don't want me to go to their house/houses?"
    The first is possible if your classmates all live in the same house. The second is OK.
    I am not a teacher.

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