同样都是 public school, 在英国指的是那些古老的贵族学校，而在美国的含义则截然不同。来看看这个令英语学习者困扰的问题吧！
One thing that is quite confusing for learners of English is the term ‘public school’ which has different meanings depending on which side of the Atlantic Ocean you live.
In America the term ‘public school’ refers to a normal school which is funded by the state - that is the taxpayer, and is open and indeed compulsory to all members of the public. These are the typical ‘yellow bus’ American schools.
In Britain, public schools are the very oldest and most expensive schools like Eton, Harrow, Rugby, Winchester and Cheltenham Ladies College. These schools date back hundreds of years to when the only people who possessed knowledge and learning were the church. Eventually the church opened their doors to the rich families so they could make money – and thus they became public. Today these schools still carry a lot of the traditions of the aristocracy and have produced a great many of Britain’s leaders throughout history.