to get through the year

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erroranalysis

Senior Member
German
A student wrote:

I am 16 years old. At my age most students have to study for their examinations to get through the year. That is a big problem.

Is the student's version OK or should it be to pass the year? I'd even add a bit more information:

...have to study for their examinations and do well on them to pass the year.

Studying is a good start, but without good results you cannot pass the year.
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    Hi, EA. "To get through the year" isn't entirely clear, but it does seem to mean something like "to pass my courses this year." It's been a while since I had to worry about such things, but I don't remember my fellow students using "to pass the year". As I recall, they said things like "I hope I pass this year". That meant "I hope I pass at the end of this year." "Pass" was used intransitively to mean "to pass all my courses".

    However, your version sounds reasonable to me in this context. Maybe people use "to pass the year" in some other part of the world.
     
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