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onsen
Posted: Monday, November 18, 2019 10:56:10 PM
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Hello,

Quote:

(question)
education vs an education
(A. An education B. Education) is necessary for you to get a good job.
Which one should I choose to complete the above sentence? Thank you a lot.

(answer)
Re: education vs an education
"An education is necessary..."
Best,
In Perfect English

https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/threads/190404-education-vs-an-education
(question) and (answer) added.



Did the answerer mean by the 'An education' a particular type of education?
A particular type of education may mean one of all sorts of education at from high levels to low levels or in between.
What is the meaning of the answer by the answerer?


Thank you.
ARMECH
Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 4:38:13 AM
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Both are acceptable and mean the same. I have heard " An Education " typically used in American English.
Romany
Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 7:10:34 AM
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Usually the phrase is 'a "good" education'. Many people go through school but come out of it with very little knowledge or skill-sets. Education is a something which each person must, by law, have. But, unfortunately, there are thousands of schools which don't "educate", they just try to push as many students as possible through a particular exam.

Since the days that Universal Education was made law, the main problem has been that many schools are "bad" schools. The ongoing conversation is that now everyone MUST go to school they have a right to a "good" education.

So the verb "to educate" means the process of going to a school, technical college, or formal learning centre.Just attending school.

But a "good" education means students have recieved a thorough grounding, with all the help necessary, to fit them for earning their own living and give them life skills.

Once you've put the word "good" before education it becomes clear "education" is a noun which is modified by "good". So depending on what it is you are writing, you know whether to use the noun or the verb.
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