Re: Graduated... or graduated from?
Generally, it appears to me that "graduated" is more an East Coast
use, "graduated from" seems to be more Midwestern. In the West, there
seems to be more of a mixture of the two...perhaps depending upon the
origin of the user?
I was born in Ohio, and moved to Texas at 12...but it was much later
that I began to notice the "graduated" form especially from New
Yorkers. Later, I lived for some years in the Los Angeles area and
noticed the mixture, while the majority seemed to use "graduated" when
I was in Florida.
The American Heritage Book of English Usage, 1996, though, comes down
clearly on the "graduaged from" construction. After stating that
eighty-seven percent went with "graduated from" as being proper, they
" The Usage Panel feels quite differently about the use of graduate
to mean "to receive a degree from," as in She graduated Yale in 1980.
Seventy-seven percent object to this usage."
Just as with much else in our changing language, this is open to
considerable debate--or so I'd imagine.
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