student/pupil?

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What is the difference between "student" and "pupil"?Emotion: big smileEmotion: stick out tongue
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For your information, the term "student" is used when you refer to a child who is studying in a secondary school and the term "pupil" is used to a child who is studying in a primary school.Emotion: stick out tongue

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Fat PigFor your information, the term "student" is used when you refer to a child who is studying in a secondary school and the term "pupil" is used to a child who is studying in a primary school.Emotion: stick out tongue

I don't agree completely with Fat Pig's reply.

In BrE, a student usually means someone who has finished school and studying at university.

In AmE, student is the usual word for anyone who is studying at school or college.

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student: "One who is enrolled or attends classes at a school, college, or university"

pupil: "a young student (less than 17 normally), taught at school or by a private teacher"
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In American English, you should use the word 'student' to refer to anyone who is attending an educational institution or attending classes of any kind.
The word 'pupil' is rarely used nowadays. If, however, the word 'pupil' were to be used in this context, then it would most likely be used to refer to a very young child.
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Of course "pupil," nowadays, is used more often to describe the opening in the center of your eye's iris. Emotion: wink
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Anonymous:
I'd say that a pupil must be in a school, while a student could be anyone who is studying something (in or out of school).
A pupil is someone studying under the close supervision of a teacher.
A student is someone formally engaged in learning.

In BrE student is normally used for someone above compulsory school age.
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Anonymous:
Use of the term "student" also refers to an active learner, while "pupil"

refers to a passive learner....
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