After completing our schooling some of my friends got the chance to go to regular col

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1) After completing our schooling some of my friends got the chance to go to regular colleges whereas others started graduating from SOL (it means school of open learning).

2) After completing our schooling some of my friends got the chance to go to regular colleges whereas others started trying for a degree from SOL (it means school of open learning).

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1) After completing our schooling some of my friends got the chance to go to regular colleges whereas others started graduating from SOL (it means school of open learning). :cross:

2) After completing our schooling some of my friends got the chance to go to regular colleges whereas others started trying for a degree from [strike]SOL (it means[/strike] the School of Open Learning[strike])[/strike]. :tick:
The part I underlined in number 1 does not mean what you think it means. :)
 
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The part I underlined in number 1 does not mean what you think it means. :)

"Started trying for a degree" this is what I should have used. This is the only option available. Am I correct?
 

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We don't normally 'try for a degree' in BrE We simply go to university. It is generally assumed that, if we go to university, we hope to leave with a degree.

But how about SOL or distant learning? If we are talking about SOL or distant learning that means you are talking about a person who doesn't go to an university. He/she is trying for a degree without going to any university.
 

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But how about SOL or distant learning? If we are talking about SOL or distant learning that means you are talking about a person who doesn't go to a [not "an"] university. He/she is trying for a degree without going to any university.
Such a person is presumably enrolled in the online university. If so, they are trying to earn a degree.

The first syllable in "university" is pronounced like you. Like ​European, we use a before it.
 

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Such a person is presumably enrolled in the online university. If so, they are trying to earn a degree.

The first syllable in "university" is pronounced like you. Like ​European, we use a before it.

Can I say "In the year 2000 Tom was trying to earn a degree from SOL whereas his brother was going to Oxford university to get a degree in BSC"?
 

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Can I say "In the year 2000 Tom was trying to earn a degree from SOL whereas his brother was going to Oxford university to get a degree in BSC"?

Yes, mostly. Put a comma after 2000. His brother could get a Bachelor of Science degree, abbreviated BS. If that's the degree you're talking about, he can't get a degree in it. You get a degree in the area you specialize in; for example, a BS in biology.
 

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Can I say "In the year 2000 Tom was trying to earn a degree from SOL whereas his brother was going to Oxford university to get a degree in BSC"?

I would write it like this:

In the year 2000, Tom was trying to earn a degree from SOL, whereas his brother was going to Oxford University to get a BSc degree.

(Or does "BSC" stand for the name of a field, like Binary Synchronous Communications? If it is, you should write it out in full the first time it is mentioned.)
 

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I would write it like this:


(Or does "BSC" stand for the name of a field, like Binary Synchronous Communications? If it is, you should write it out in full the first time it is mentioned.)

No, it means bachelor of science.
 

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As Piscean already pointed out, the correct abbreviation is BSc.
 
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