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‘Learn’ as a verb

Below are some examples of sentences from classic literature using the word ‘Learn’ as a verb.


We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success.

From ‘Self-Help’, by Samuel Smiles.


“So far as I could learn he had sailed in no [other] [ship].”

From ‘The Return of Sherlock Holmes’, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


At fifty years of age he set to work to learn English grammar.

From ‘Self-Help’, by Samuel Smiles.


She learnt the fable of “The Hare and Many Friends” as quickly as any girl in England.

From ‘Northanger Abbey’, by Jane Austen.


She learnt to bicycle, for the purpose of waking the place up, and coasted down the High Street one Sunday evening, falling off at the turn by the church.

From ‘Where Angels Fear to Tread’, by E. M. Forster.

Picture: These six steam locomotives were special guests of the Threkeld Quarry and Mining Museum, near Keswick in Cumbria, for its steam gala in 2015. © Chris Allen, Geograph. Licence: CC BY-SA 2.0. By Peter Trimming, Geograph. Licence: CC-BY-SA 2.0.
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“It’s like being in a besieged castle,” Phyllis said; “look at the arrows of the foe striking against the battlements!”

From ‘The Railway Children’, by Edith Nesbit.
Of driving rain at a railway station.

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