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Ajum

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korean
Can I use listen to lectures and take lectures interchangeably when I intend to say take classes at a university?

I'd like to listen to lectures by a famous professor of business management.
I'd like to take lectures by a famous professor of business management.
 
  • e2efour

    Senior Member
    UK English
    When you are at university, you go to or attend lectures. This applies at least to British English.
    I have never heard take a lecture. Take a class perhaps.
    In the following situation you would probably say go to rather than listen to.
    "I can't stop. I have to _______ a lecture by Professor X."

    Example: When you go to lecture, you should listen [to it] carefully and take notes.
     

    Ajum

    Member
    korean
    Do you mean that I have to say ' I'd like to attend or go to lectures by famous professors of business managmenent'?
     

    e2efour

    Senior Member
    UK English
    Yes, I do. But not both attend and go to! They both mean the same.
    I'm not saying that you can't say listen to a lecture, but I wouldn't expect a student to say this. You might also hear "We have lectures on business management." (but "We listen to lectures on business mangement" I would find unusual).
     
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