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    #11

    Re: Going back to university

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    She's going back to university to do a BA in English Lit[erature].

    Note that "She's going back to university" works in two contexts:
    1. She has already completed a degree and has decided to do a second one.
    2. She previously started a degree but didn't complete it, stopped attending university (for an unspecified period of time) and has decided to go back and have another go.
    I see. If I understand correctly if I use "is returning" or "is going to return" it will also work in these two contexts you mentioned. Right?
    Regarding "A BA (degree)", "A MA (degree)", and "a bachelor's/master's (degree) are all of these are used but does it depend on a speaker's style?

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    #12

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    I see. If I understand correctly if I use "is returning" or "is going to return" it will also work in these two contexts you mentioned. Right?
    Regarding "a BA (degree)", "an MA (degree)", and "a bachelor's/master's (degree) are all of these are used, but does it depend on a speaker's style?
    If you mean are the abbreviations used then yes, I am certain that they are.
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    #13

    Re: Going back to university

    Unless I was absolutely certain that the listener didn't know that a BA, for example, is a degree, I wouldn't use both.

    She's doing a degree in English Lit.
    She's doing an English Lit degree.
    She's doing a BA in English Lit.
    She's doing an English Lit BA. (I probably wouldn't use this as the word order sounds clunky to a native speaker.)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #14

    Re: Going back to university

    Does BrE use "A BA" or "A MA" more often than "A bachelor's degree" or "A master's degree"? If I use "A BA" or "A MA" with "degree" in case as you say the listener doesn't know what I am talking about, should I capitalise "degree"?
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    #15

    Re: Going back to university

    I honestly don't know which is used more often. Even with the full word, "degree" can be omitted though.

    She's doing a Master's in English Lit.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #16

    Re: Going back to university

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    Does BrE use "A BA" or "An MA" more often than "A bachelor's degree" or "A master's degree"? If I use "A BA" or "An MA" with "degree" in case as you say the listener doesn't know what I am talking about, should I capitalise "degree"?
    "Degree" is not a proper noun.

    I think it's more common to speak of those degrees as a bachelor's and a master's.

    Note my corrections above. The name of the letter "m" begins with a vowel sound, so you have to use "an" before it.
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    #17

    Re: Going back to university

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    "Degree" is not a proper noun.

    I think it's more common to speak of those degrees as a bachelor's and a master's.

    Note my corrections above. The name of the letter "m" begins with a vowel sound, so you have to use "an" before it.
    I was wrong when I thought it is a title and thus may be capitalized. "A Bachelor's Degree in English."

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    #18

    Re: Going back to university

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    Does BrE use "a BA" or "an MA" more often than "a bachelor's degree" or "a master's degree"? If I use "a BA" or "an MA" with "degree" in case as you say the listener doesn't know what I am talking about, should I capitalise "degree"?
    No. Don't capitalize degree.
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    #19

    Re: Going back to university

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    She's going back to university to do a BA in English Lit[erature].

    Note that "She's going back to university" works in two contexts:
    1. She has already completed a degree and has decided to do a second one.
    2. She previously started a degree but didn't complete it, stopped attending university (for an unspecified period of time) and has decided to go back and have another go.
    A simple way to clarify between the two is to add 'to finish' or 'to complete'. That would remove the possibility of the first option.

    She's going back to college to finish her BA in X.
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    #20

    Re: Going back to university

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    "Degree" is not a proper noun.

    I think it's more common to speak of those degrees as a bachelor's and a master's.

    Note my corrections above. The name of the letter "m" begins with a vowel sound, so you have to use "an" before it.
    That is specifically American usage.

    In BrE "a degree" means a first (batchelor's) degree. Higher degrees would be "a masters" or "a doctorate".
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