This post continues the previous one I placed here yesterday.

The idiom "to study at school" means 'to attend school/to go to school/to be a student'. One cannot learn at school (there is no object in this sentence).

At the same time, we say "studying/learning at school/at home" and don't often tell the difference between these expressions.

I wonder if the verb "study" can be replaced with the "learn" in the idiom "to study at school" in the sense 'to be a student'.

Why is the "learn" used in this article? Is it possible to say "How to study effectively in medical school" (effective study grows into learning)?

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    There's nothing wrong or unidiomatic about "learn at school". You are learning, and school is the place you are doing it. – stangdon Feb 5 '17 at 23:01

learn at school

is correct and understandable an object is not necessary

The pattern you are using is

verb (preposition) a location

camp in the woods
drive in the country
walk in the park

all are correct.

  • Are the expressions "to study at school" and "to learn at school" interchangeable? – Yulia Feb 6 '17 at 7:47
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    @Yulia They are basically interchangeable as most people would understand the two phrases, those being pedantic might point out "studying" does not necessarily mean "learning". – Peter Feb 6 '17 at 16:41
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    It's actually very easy to study very hard and yet learn nothing. My students do it all the time! They study for the test, and then forget everything the next day. – Richard Winters Nov 19 '18 at 4:38

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