I would like to know the difference between these sentences:

  • I want to send an email to students of all majors
  • I want to send an email to students in all majors

How did of/in change the meaning of these sentences?

I've checked the link: “in” versus “of”.


Although both sentences are clear, send that email to ...

... students in all majors.

A student of something sounds too much like someone who studies it:

1.2   A person who takes an interest in a particular subject:
    ‘a student of the free market’ – oxforddictionaries.com

This is a different distinction than that mentioned at “in” versus “of”.

  • Great. I see the difference now. Thank you for your answer. – lana Mar 26 '16 at 18:22
  • 1
    Yes; you'd use 'students of all non-science subjects'. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 21 '16 at 8:44

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