What is the proper way to say, "On the way to or from school (suppose from home)..." For example: "On the way to or from school students like to look through the cars windows."

When referring to: going to, coming from work you use the expression 上下班 but I think my teacher said you cannot use 上下学. The expression 放学回家 means going back from home after school finishes.

Can anyone tell me the right expression?

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    "上下学" seems to be a common enough phrase, why can't it be used?
    – Mou某
    Aug 2, 2019 at 11:49
  • 1
    There's nothing wrong with 上下學 in daily conversation. I would say it looks a bit weird in an essay.
    – dROOOze
    Aug 2, 2019 at 12:31

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One the way = 途中

On the way to school - 上学途中

On the way to work - 上班途中

On the way home - 回家途中

On the way home from school - 放学回家途中

On the way home from work - 下班回家途中

We say 上下班 because it is short for "上班, 下班"

We usually say "上学, 放学" not "上学, 下学".

Although not the logical shortened form, people still use the term 上下学 instead of '上放学' because '上' matching '下' better than '上' matching '放'.

you can replace 下班 with 放工

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I never did that!

On the way to or from school,

students like to look in the cars parked along the road.

(There may be something worth stealing!)

  • '在往返学校的路上' is a neat one with home implied.
    – dan
    Aug 3, 2019 at 0:49

上下学 sounds stilted to my ear(or even wrong), though it's fairly understandable. It might be a regional matter. (I'm from mainland China. )

I would probably put 在上学和放学的路上, 在上学和放学的途中, 在学校和家往返的路上 or 在学校和家往返的途中. It's a bit long. I can't think of a neat way to express it off the top of my head.

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