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What is the plural of learning? Is learning always singular? For e.g., if I have done research on a number of topic and gained sufficient knowledge, do I call it as "my learnings" or "my learning"? Is there a word called "learnings"?

Or is "learning" always in plural form? Then what is the singular form?

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    I think "learnings", in the sense of "things learned", is legitimate, at least in some registers. – Hot Licks Jun 28 '17 at 11:46
  • I’ve seen the term “key learnings”. No idea what it means; perhaps something to do with training as a locksmith. – David Jan 20 at 20:52
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Oxford dictionaries online defines learning as:

[mass noun]

1 The acquisition of knowledge or skills through study, experience, or being taught.

‘these children experienced difficulties in learning’

1.1 Knowledge acquired through study, experience, or being taught.

‘I liked to parade my learning in front of my sisters’

A mass noun isn't countable and doesn't get pluralised. Therefore "learnings" is not standard English.


Note: It appears you may not be using the word "learning" correctly anyway. See PV22's answer for some alternatives.

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Prescriptivists may claim there is no such word. But Shakespeare used the word, and that is good enough for me.

Puts to him all the Learnings that his time Could make him the receiuer of.
Cymbeline

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I have experienced "learnings" in Sweden and seems to be a stand in for "lessons" i.e. "The learnings from that 7 hour meeting" instead of "The lessons from that tax audit".

Note: a 7 hour meeting is not considered long in Sweden

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I would not use learning in that way. You could use the term "lessons" if you want to discuss multiple instances of learning, or "knowledge" to discuss the compendium of what you have learning, or "studies" if you are looking for a general phrase to represent the entirety of process of learning a topic.

Lesson [les-uh n] \noun

  1. something to be learned or studied.

  2. something from which a person learns or should learn

Knowledge [nol-ij] /noun

  1. the body of truths or facts accumulated in the course of time.

  2. the sum of what is known.

Source: Dictionary.com

Study [stuhd-ee] /noun

  1. (Often studies) a personal effort to gain knowledge

Source: Dictionary.com

  • This does not answer the question. – AndyT Jun 28 '17 at 10:52
  • Actually, thinking about it further, this is probably a bit of an "X and Y" question; where the OP is asking about X but they really need to know about Y. If you were to edit this answer to explain what "learning" is, and why it isn't suitable, and only then go on to provide better alternatives, then this answer would probably be deserving of my upvote. – AndyT Jun 28 '17 at 11:01

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