School or Schools Dear teachers Could you please tell me If I should use "school" or "schools" here: Japanese do more maths at school. VS Japanese do more maths at schools. My friend thinks that the second sentence is wrong and that it should be "school" without the "s".
Feb 13, 2017 10:49 AM
Answers · 7
Your friend is correct. In the English that we speak in England, the first sentence is correct. In the English that is spoken in the USA they do not use an 's,' on the end of the name of the subject, they just say "math."
February 13, 2017
Hi there! School should definitely be without the 's'. In the phrase 'at school', the word school refers to the general institution. 'At school' actually means, 'at a place where children are educated', it does not refer to specific schools or the physical buildings. Here are some examples to show you the difference: 'I hate being at school': I hate being at the place where I have to learn (no reference to the specific school) I have worked at many schools: I have worked at many different specific schools 'John is happy at school' - John likes going to a place where he is educated 'John is happy at this school' - John is happy at this particular school, he may not be happy at a different one This works the same with any institution, such as: in hospital in prison at work at University at college So to summarize you only use plural if you are referring to specific schools, so the specific buildings. In your sentence you are talking generally about the place where Japanese students learn. By the way also it should be 'Japanese children / Japanese students' and not just 'Japanese' on its own I hope this helps!
February 13, 2017
@Rowan Johnson: Thank you, sir.
February 14, 2017
It is just 'school'. If it was worded differently, it would be 'schools'. For example: Schools in Japan require their students to do more math.
February 13, 2017
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