learn about VS. learn


learn the difference between the tenses VS. learn about the difference between the tenses.

Come to think of it, "learn the difference between the tenses" is a more natural way of writing. What do you experts think?

Thank you in advance.

edited Jun 01 '13 at 06:03 Hans Contributor

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Both are perfectly OK. You can use 'learn' in a transitive manner (+ direct object), or you can use the transitive prepositional verb 'learn about' (+ direct object). I don't even detect a semantic modification. I suppose it depends entirely on personal style.

link comment answered Jun 01 '13 at 06:39 Ahmad Barnard Expert

With 'about', the sentence gives a more general implication; without 'about', it feels more direct and to the point.

link comment answered Jun 04 '13 at 02:31 Geoffrey Contributor

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