There is a novel and a tv series called "Lessons in chemistry". But usually I read "lessons of [any] language" instead of "in". Is it a nuance with the same significant or maybe it is related to the matter of study (hard science vs. humanistic)?

  • Can you provide at least one link with "of"?
    – Lambie
    Commented Dec 10, 2023 at 14:42

1 Answer 1


lessons in [subject matter; what is being studied or learned]

  • lessons in chemistry or chemistry lessons
  • lessons in French or French lessons
  • lessons in flying or flying lessons [piloting a plane]

The preposition here is in and not of.

  • Google results: "lesson of english" about 795,000 results, "lesson in english"4,210,000 results. Ok, but near a million without the spelling checker?
    – Ell
    Commented Dec 10, 2023 at 15:04
  • No, when you google it, it says: About 2,230,000 results (0.44 seconds) when it's in quotation marks, and many hits are old-fashioned or actually worded like "English lessons", in fact. Fyi, the word English takes a capital e, like all languages and nationalities in English.
    – Lambie
    Commented Dec 10, 2023 at 15:08
  • "The lessons of [war or chemistry of whatever] are that [etc.]" where lessons of means you learn something from the subject matter but not the subject matter itself.
    – Lambie
    Commented Dec 10, 2023 at 15:18
  • Thank you for your answer
    – Ell
    Commented Dec 10, 2023 at 15:26
  • P.S. In Italian is different: people from Italy: gli Italiani. The language of the country: l'italiano.
    – Ell
    Commented Dec 10, 2023 at 15:41

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