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MISUSED ENGLISH WORDS > Aggravating, Irritating > Both, Each, Every > Continual, Continuous > Decided, Decisive > Existing, Extant > First, Second, Secondly > Good, Well > Human, Humane > Identity, Identification > Learn, Teach > Materialize, Appear > Negligence, Neglect > Observation, Observance > Prescribe, Proscribe > Relationship, Relation > Sewage, Sewerage > Transpire, Happen > Union, Unity > Visitant, Visitor > Show ALL


LEARN, TEACH

Learn means to "acquire" knowledge, not to "impart" it. In the latter sense the proper word is teach.

"I have more information to-day than I had before," said Mr. Sheehan.

"This has learned you something," said Mr. Goff.

"Oh no," replied Mr. Sheehan, "it has taught me something."

The verbs learn and teach are often confused by persons who do not use correct English. The verb learn means to gain knowledge. The verb teach means to give instruction. The principal parts of learn are learn and learned. The principal parts of teach are teach and taught.


MISUSED ENGLISH WORDS > Aggravating, Irritating > Both, Each, Every > Continual, Continuous > Decided, Decisive > Existing, Extant > First, Second, Secondly > Good, Well > Human, Humane > Identity, Identification > Learn, Teach > Materialize, Appear > Negligence, Neglect > Observation, Observance > Prescribe, Proscribe > Relationship, Relation > Sewage, Sewerage > Transpire, Happen > Union, Unity > Visitant, Visitor > Show ALL