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Pupil vs Student Once I wrote in my essay that my nephew was a pupil in Year Three at school. However I was corrected by one guy from the USA who said that "pupil" is an old-fashioned word whis isn't in use in English any more and that I should say "student" instead. Is he really right? Any help would be really much appreciated.
Jan 28, 2012 2:56 PM
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It isn't really a question of being old-fashioned; it is more based on how formal the training is. If you are enrolled in a course (e.g., at a school or university) then you are considered both a "student" and "pupil." But if you are studying something on your own, or through a more informal training course, then we only use "student."
January 28, 2012
You still hear it, but it is slowly fading out in usage. Your friend is correct in that, but the word is not so old-fashioned that anyone would be surprised if you used it. In that way, it is not like using "thee" or "thou" as "you" - that would definitely get you some surprised looks.
January 28, 2012
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