Teach or Learn?

by Craig Shrives

The Difference between "Teach" and "Learn"

"Teach" and "learn" are easy to confuse, especially for students who are new to English.
  • "To teach" means to give knowledge or a skill.
    • My brother will teach me how to speak Spanish.
    • (My brother will give the knowledge.)
  • "To learn" means to receive knowledge or a skill.
    • My brother will learn how to speak Spanish from YouTube.
    • (My brother will receive the knowledge.)
teach or learn?

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More about "Teach" and "Learn"

Among English learners, there is sometimes confusion over the words "teach" and "learn."

Teach

"To teach" is a verb meaning to instruct, train, or pass on knowledge.

Let's look at all five forms of the verb "to teach":
No.Verb FormExample
1Base Formteach
2The -S Form
(also called the Third Person Singular Present Tense Form)
teaches
3Past Formtaught
4The -ING Form
(also called the Present Participle Form)
teaching
5The Past Participle Formtaught

Example Sentences with "Teach"

Here are some easy and real-life example sentences with "teach":
  • I will teach you English.
  • She teaches people how to ride a horse.
Here are two real-life examples:
  • Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
  • You have to grow from the inside out. Nobody can teach you.

Learn

"To learn" is a verb that means to gain knowledge or skill in something by study, experience, or being taught.

Let's look at all five forms of the verb "to learn":
No.Verb FormExample
1Base Formlearn
2The -S Form
(also called the Third Person Singular Present Tense Form)
learns
3Past Formlearned
(or learnt )
4The -ING Form
(also called the Present Participle Form)
learning
5The Past Participle Formlearned
(or learnt )
Read more about the past forms "learned" and "learnt."

Example Sentences with "Learn"

Here are some easy and real-life example sentences with "learn":
  • We will learn how to ride a horse.
  • You are learning English.
Here are two real-life examples:
  • A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
  • It's very important to surround yourself with people you can learn from.
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See Also

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