Conjugate retenir (to learn) in the compound past (Passé Composé

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Conjugate retenir (to learn) in the compound past (Passé Composé

I would like to know why retenir means "to learn" here and not apprendre

Asked 11 months ago
MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Ivie, not sure which example or section gives rise to your question ? 

However, words can have more than one meaning depending on context, and it would be unusual to have only 1 word in a language to describe an abstract idea or concept, or even for a specific physical ‘thing’. 

Retenir and tenir are very commonly used in French in a number of different contexts and expressions : 

 https://www.wordreference.com/fren/retenir

 https://www.wordreference.com/fren/tenir

Conjugate retenir (to learn) in the compound past (Passé Composé

I would like to know why retenir means "to learn" here and not apprendre

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