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Old 12-01-2018, 03:59 PM
 
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I never heard anyone say “graduated high school” or “graduated college” until I was middle-aged.

We always said “graduated from”.

Is this a regional thing?
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Old 12-01-2018, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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What region? I've never heard that anywhere, at least in the US.

Almost sounds like a British thing.
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Old 12-01-2018, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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I have heard it more online lately. I do know they say it that way in the UK. But personally I much prefer "graduated FROM xxx."
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Old 12-01-2018, 05:18 PM
 
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I always say "graduated from," but I am hearing just "graduated" more and more frequently. It really annoys me, but I have a feeling it is going to become standard.
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Old 12-02-2018, 10:10 AM
 
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I also prefer “graduated from” because it is grammatically correct. How does an individual “graduate” a school?

Besides, dropping the “from” sounds like pure laziness. Last night AFTER I posted my question, I actually found the improper usage in a recently-published nonfiction book, and not as a quote. The author wrote the phrase. The book so far is otherwise well-written but does have a breezy, conversational tone that doesn’t quite match the subject matter.
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Old 12-02-2018, 01:01 PM
 
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I also prefer “graduated from” because it is grammatically correct. How does an individual “graduate” a school?
Go back a little farther in time, and the phrase was, "was graduated from." In other words, students didn't graduate, an institute of higher learning graduated them. "She was graduated from Columbia in 1996."

Of course almost no one says that any more, although it is the oldest (~15th c.) and traditionally correct wording. Usage changes over time.
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Old 12-02-2018, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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And since usage changes over time (and yes, it does) here's what I (and others) believe is correct now, in the 21st century:

https://www.writersdigest.com/editor...grammar-lesson

https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/ed...graduated-from

https://www.merriam-webster.com/word...-was-graduated

https://www.businessinsider.com/grad...mistake-2015-1

Graduated FROM. Graduated FROM. Graduated FROM.
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Old 12-02-2018, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Another vote for "Graduated from". "Graduated college" or "graduated high school" doesn't technically make sense.

I wonder if it's the same population that omits the "to be" in things like "My tires need replaced".
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Old 12-02-2018, 02:24 PM
 
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Another vote for "Graduated from". "Graduated college" or "graduated high school" doesn't technically make sense.

I wonder if it's the same population that omits the "to be" in things like "My tires need replaced".
Yea, it feels just like that other incorrect use! I almost put that in the OP.

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Old 12-02-2018, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Another vote for "Graduated from". "Graduated college" or "graduated high school" doesn't technically make sense.

I wonder if it's the same population that omits the "to be" in things like "My tires need replaced".
Oh. My. Gosh. I want to strangle people when I hear that.

Or "Hey, wanna come with?" SHUT UP!!!!! I might have originally wanted to come with you but after that, errr, no...go on your own so I don't have to listen to you continue to massacre the English language.

Aside note - my oldest daughter and I use these on each other sometimes just in fun. "Wanna come with?" "No, but I did graduate college." Now I'm going to add, "Good, because my tires need replaced." This should be fun.

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