Are you "Reading" or "Studying" your subject at university?

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yomomalomo
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I've always wondered whether it was more correct to say that your are reading your subject e.g. "I am reading law at BLABLA university", rather than to say that you are studying it. Is this something that is subject specific - can you only read art subjects for example - or is it university specific?

So... what do you think?
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People who say the read a subject tick me off. You read a book, not an entire subject.
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(Original post by Mr Dangermouse)
People who say the read a subject tick me off. You read a book, not an entire subject.
It seems usually as though Oxbridge students say this, but I cannot completely discriminate against them - I've heard many others say this from other universities, but usually they are studying/reading the arts.

Are you studying a Science by any chance? :P
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I'm not doing either. I'm coasting. :cool:
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I say study, but in any correspondence from the universities I applied to they said read. e.g. We would like to give you an offer to read Medicine at Cardiff University.
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Either is correct, there's more than one way to express a certain phrase. "To read a subject" is pretty uncommon a phrase though, and it's usually (for no particular reason) used for literary subjects; for example "I'm reading History at X Uni" would be less bizarre than, "I'm reading Engineering at X Uni". Older universities tend to use this phrase more too, Oxbridgers seem to be "reading" their course significantly more often than any other students.
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I'm learning things a month before exams and coasting the rest of it
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they say studying here but tbh i am not studying i just DONT REVISE
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I say studying, I think reading sounds too old-fashioned.
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It irritates me when people ask if I'm applying to "read" pharmacy. It's a vocational subject with lots of practical elements so no, I will not just be reading. Still, they're still nice people. Just me nit-picking.
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Reading sounds posh and pretentious, in my opinion.
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Maybe I'm just common but I wouldn't really say either. "I'm doing languages and law" :yy:
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It is looking pretty ominous for the term "reading a subject". I suppose that is due to the fact that most subjects outside Pure Arts encompass a lot more than just theoretical learning nowadays. Nevertheless, there surely must be someone on TSR willing to defend it! :rolleyes:
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I "read" Music at Oxford but wouldn't necessarily say I'm "reading" ethnomusicology for my Masters. I'd say "studying" or, as xmarilynx says, "doing"
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"Reading" just sounds really pretentious and up your own arse to be honest. I think it should be reserved for Oxbridgees, simply because they are of the academic elite. But it would be better, if everyone just said "study", you go to university to study a subject don't you?!
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(Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
I "read" Music at Oxford but wouldn't necessarily say I'm "reading" ethnomusicology for my Masters. I'd say "studying" or, as xmarilynx says, "doing"
Just wondering, what do your fellow Oxonians usually say?
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Reading as most of my degree involves reading! I'd say you 'study' subjects such as medicine, physics, maths etc, and you 'read' subjects such as Literature, History and Law; simply because I feel the words compliment the subjects best.

It hardly makes a difference anyway, people can refer to what they are doing at university however they want. It's boorish to make some sort of judgement on what word they use.
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Reading - I do a literature degree so I believe it's justified!
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I think "reading for" is probably more formal - it's always the older & better spoken friends & family who ask me what I'm reading at university.

However, I tend to say that I'm "doing" politics at uni
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I tend to use "reading" on things like CVs and covering letters, I think it's more formal. Otherwise I'm doing Computer Science and Maths.

However, both "reading" and "studying" are equally correct.
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