Here in my country, the eleventh graders are spilt up into fields like Commerce ,Medical , Non-Medical , Humanities. . So here's some basic knowledge:

Commerce: Business Studies, Economics, Math, Entrepreneurship. . Medical: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology.

Non-Medical: Physics, Chemistry, Math, IP

Humanities: History, Sociology, Psychology/Economics, Political Science.

So someone comments:

She's in Commerce. (She took Commerce and she studies it)

Is the use of "in" natural?

And here's another context

A girl asks me about another girl, so can I say

She's in Math.

She's in the Math class.

She studies math and right now, she's in her math class.

So does "in" sound natural here?

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    It would be better to say "She is taking the Commerce classes" . To say someone is "in commerce" usually means that they are working in a job that is classified as involving commerce. A similar phrase is "he is something in the city" which, in Britain, means that he works in the city of London and is understood to mean that the job is in banking or finance. As for the second girl, in the UK you would say "She's in the Maths class.". Americans might use the other version. – Peter Jennings May 25 '19 at 11:03
  • So what do you think Americans might use @Peter Jennings ? – It's about English May 25 '19 at 13:31
  • She's in English sound completely natural to me; I'm Canadian. (I deliberately didn't use Math because of how it generally takes the plural form in the UK.) – Jason Bassford Supports Monica May 25 '19 at 16:16
  • So @JasonBassford, "she's in English" will be used to mean what? She's in the Wnglish class right now or she's take English classes? – It's about English May 26 '19 at 4:57
  • And maybe you can answer the question to make it clearer... (difference b/w taking the class every day and attending the class right now...) – It's about English May 26 '19 at 5:15

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