Study / study about

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Study / study about

Post by Chrisooi » Sun Mar 10, 2013 1:32 pm

I wrote: I like to study plants.
The English teacher corrected me: I like to study about plants.
It seems to me both are correct but with different meanings.
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Re: Study / study about

Post by Alan » Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:56 am

Yes, both are possible. 'Study' as a simple transitive verb tends to be necessary only in a narrow, academic sense (e.g. 'study math', not 'study about math'). 'Study about' has a rather wider, looser sense.