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Subject:Re: English usage: to "subscribe" to a course? From:beelia <beelia -at- gmail -dot- com> To:"Geoff Hart" <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca> Date:Wed, 16 Jul 2008 12:21:45 -0700
When you go to lynda.com to sign up for a course, you're subscribing.
Language is evolving to accommodate common web usage - could this be a case
On Wed, Jul 16, 2008 at 6:09 AM, Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca> wrote:
> 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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