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02 / 12 / 2004

INSTITUTE vs. SECONDARY SCHOOL: meaning and examples

Good morning. Yesterday we talked about the false friend "college." On a related subject, today we look at the differences between the nouns institute and Secondary School. INSTITUTE Meaning: an organization that does a specific type of research or educational work. The word institute often appears in names of organisations. Examples -The National Cancer Institute -The Institute for Gifted Children -Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute SECONDARY SCHOOL Yesterday we mentioned secondary school when we talked about the false friend college. Meaning: a school for children or adolescents between the ages of 11 or 12 and 18. In US English it is often called High school. Example 1 I went to a secondary school for girls only. At that time, co-ed secondary schools weren't very common. Notice that, like college, institute is a false friend. College does NOT mean "colegio" and institute does NOT mean "instituto" to refer to a Secondary School. If you have any questions about today's Daily Vitamin, please don't hesitate to contact me. Have a good day!

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