English usage: to "subscribe" to a course?

Subject: English usage: to "subscribe" to a course?
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: TECHWR-L Whirlers <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, Yves Barbion <yves -dot- barbion -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2008 09:09:23 -0400

Yves Barbion wondered: <<... when I review English documents written
by Dutch authors, I often see the phrase "to subscribe to a course"
in the meaning of "to register for/to sign up for a course". In my
opinion (but I'm not an English native speaker) you "subscribe to a
magazine/newspaper, or to an organization, for example an
environmental action group.>>

"Subscribe to" is definitely valid English, but I can't recall ever
seeing it in American English and I'm not sure it's still commonly
used in British English. I'd "enroll in" a course, or "register for"
the course.

<<I also have the feeling that "to subscribe to a course" is a "false
friend" (from the Dutch "zich inschrijven voor een cursus").>>

A definite faux ami, yes.

-- Geoff Hart
ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca / geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com
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