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    Learner Proper usage?

    An associate of mine has been using the word learner when referring to trainees. This keeps bugging me as it doesn't quite sound right and I have a hard time using the word myself. Maybe I am just used to the word trainee but is this the correct word to use to refer to a trainee.

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    Re: Learner Proper usage?

    Hello S8

    You might say that a "learner" is someone who is acquiring a skill or a kind of knowledge (i.e. how to do something, e.g. drive a car); while a "trainee" is someone who is acquiring the skills necessary for a particular job (i.e. how to be something, e.g. a plumber).

    But since, by and large, a trainee needs to be a learner too, it might be difficult to object to the usage; except on the grounds that it seems a little undignified.

    Other members may have other views, though!

    Have a good Monday,

    MrP

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