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    Going back to university

    Hello.

    How would a native speaker express the same idea? Does my sentence sound natural?
    "She is going back to university to study literature."

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    #2

    Re: Going back to university

    It's OK, though she'd be more likely to study, for example, English literature.
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    #3

    Re: Going back to university

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    How would a native speaker express the same idea? Does my sentence sound natural?
    "She is going back to university to study literature."
    Native speakers of American English would not say that sentence or find it natural without "the" before "university."

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    #4

    Re: Going back to university

    "Back to school" would be the natural phrasing if you're thinking about her resuming her education rather than going to a specific university.
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    #5

    Re: Going back to university

    "School" in this sense is quite specifically an American usage.

    The sentence is fine in British English. As always with English there are subtleties.

    Your sentence sounds as if "she" is about to start a new degree.

    If you mean that "she" has been away from the university, perhaps the summer vaction has just ended, and is about to return you would probably phrase it differently.

    "She is studying English literature and is returning to university on Monday"

    In this sentence you might say "the university" but only if you had already established which one.
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    Re: Going back to university

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterCW View Post
    "School" in this sense is quite specifically an American usage.

    The sentence is fine in British English. As always with English there are subtleties.

    Your sentence sounds as if "she" is about to start a new degree.

    If you mean that "she" is has been away from the university, perhaps the summer vaction has just ended, and is about to return you would probably phrase it differently.

    "She is studying English literature and is returning to university on Monday"

    In this sentence you might say "the university" but only if you had already established which one.
    Yes, I meam she is going to start a new degree. If I am not talking about returning to university after summer vacation can I say "She wants to return to university"? I am asking about BrE.

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    Re: Going back to university

    Yes, that just how you would phrase it in Britain.
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    #8

    Re: Going back to university

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterCW View Post
    Yes, that just how you would phrase it in Britain.
    I am trying to add more information. "She is going back (or is going to return) to university to study literature" (but if I need to mention a degree) how do I add this information? A master's or a bachelor's degree. I would write "She is going back to university to do a bachelor's degree in literature." Or "She is going to return/is returning to university to study for a bachelor's degree in literature."

    By the way, a Bachelor's Degree or a BA, a Master's Degree or a MA can also be used in my sentence. Am I right?
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    Re: Going back to university

    Perhaps:

    She will be in a bachelor's degree program.

    Or:

    She will be studying for a bachelor's degree.
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    Re: Going back to university

    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.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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