Teach or Learn?

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Teach or Learn?

What is the difference between "teach" and "learn"?
  • "To teach" means to give knowledge or a skill.
  • "To learn" means to receive knowledge or a skill.
teach or learn?

More about "Teach" and "Learn"

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

Teach

The word "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

The word "to learn" is 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":
  • You are learning English.
  • We are learned how to ride a horse.
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.
Interactive Exercise
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