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"Animal learn us to never give up " , Or better to say "Animal teach us to never give up" ?

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    What is “ue”?.. – Laurel Dec 24 '18 at 12:43
  • Is it that the animals are learning something (first sentence) or that the animals are teaching us something (second sentence). Since I have never heard of "ue" I cannot tell which of these is intended. – GEdgar Dec 24 '18 at 12:45
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    “Animal learn/teach” is never correct as subject + verb. It should either be “animals learn/teach” or “an/the animal learns/teaches”. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 24 '18 at 12:50

The exchange of "learn" and "teach" is often taken as a sign of a poor, rural education in the US. The subject of "learn" is the person/animal who is being given the knowledge/training, while the subject of "teach" is the person/thing supplying the knowledge/training.

Note that the object of "learn" is the topic being taught, while the object of "teach" can be either the topic or the entity that is (hopefully) learning.

  • Teach is optionally ditransitive: the direct object is the subject taught, and the indirect object is the person learning the subject. Both are optional, but they can also occur (“She taught English” / “She taught me” / “She taught me English”). Some would argue that the indirect object is promoted to a direct object if the direct object is not present (I wouldn’t necessarily agree); see this answer by tchrist for more. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 24 '18 at 12:58

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