post graduates vs. postgraduate

15:32 Feb 28, 2002
English to German translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: post graduates vs. postgraduate
Could someone please explain the difference between these two expression to me?
Sonja Tomaskovic (X)
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5 +6postgraduate is the preferred adjective and noun
Dan McCrosky (X)



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postgraduate is the preferred adjective and noun

According to both Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary and NODE – The New Oxford Dictionary of English, "postgraduate" can be both an adjective meaning education after receiving a bachelor's degree (i.e. Master's or Doctorate) and a noun meaning the student who is taking part in one of these postgraduate programs.

That really leaves nothing left for "post graduate" so I see no need to use it.

The two-word (also often with a hyphen) expression gets hundreds of thousands of Internet hits though so apparently many people do not read dictionaries. The meaning is the same. Whether two words or one, if it has an "s" at the end, it must be the plural of the noun.


Note added at 2002-02-28 16:00:26 (GMT)

Sorry, I didn\'t notice you wanted the German term. Langenscheidt gives \"nach dem ersten akademischen Grad\" oder \"jemendem, der nach dem ersten akademischen Grad weiterstudiert\". Until recently, this almost never happened here in Germany because there was no \"Bachelor\'s Degree\" for most majors at most German universities. This shorter 3-4 year degree is coming into popularity in Germany now though, so a shorter term would also be handy for the future.

Dan McCrosky (X)
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Sorry, this explanation didn't help me at all. Thanks anyway

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