Here's the problem:

Choose the correct word or pick both if both are correct.

Pupils can wear/dress the way they want.

The key answer on my book tells me the answer is wear only. But why? Why dress is wrong? Isn't it the same as wear/put on?

  • Did you copy the question correctly? Can you please tell us the name of the textbook? Thanks
    – Mari-Lou A
    Aug 29, 2021 at 7:44
  • @Mari-LouA after reading randomhead's answer I made sure if I copied it correctly then realized that I didn't. Silly of me. Sorry for that. At least now I know wear isn't appropriate there. Thanks to randomhead.
    – user516076
    Aug 29, 2021 at 8:17
  • @Mari-LouA It's from vocabulary in use pre-intermediate and intermediate by stuart redman.
    – user516076
    Aug 29, 2021 at 8:19

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Your book is so blatantly incorrect that I wonder if there was a printing error.

To wear is a transitive verb (at least in the sense of "to clothe oneself with"). It requires a direct object. To say "Pupils can wear the way they want" makes no sense; if you wanted to use that verb you would have to rewrite the sentence and say "Pupils can wear whatever they want."

To dress is an intransitive verb and does not require a direct object. "Pupils can dress the way they want" is a perfectly correct sentence.

  • The OP copied the question incorrectly. Always a good idea to double-check beforehand.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Aug 29, 2021 at 8:43

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