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  • Message 1. 

    Posted by pifenhsu (U15582745) on Sunday, 20th January 2013


    Hello,

    I need some help with grammar.
    Please check the below sentences and see which of them is correct.

    a. He has been graduated from university for many years.
    b. He has graduated from university for many years.

    Thank you for your help in advance!

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  • Message 2

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    Posted by TheParser (U15332113) on Sunday, 20th January 2013

    Hello, Pifenhsu:

    I attended the University of Southern California. I graduated in 1959.
    (Yes, really!)

    THEREFORE, I could say:

    1. I graduated from the university in 1959. [Some people do not use the word "the" in such a sentence.]

    2. I graduated from the university many years ago.

    3. I graduated from the university more than 50 years ago.

    NOTES:

    a) Many Americans prefer to say "I graduated from COLLEGE many years ago."

    b) Some people feel that it is "better" English to say:

    "I WAS graduated from college many years ago." But I think that in 2013, many (most?) Americans omit the "was."


    James

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  • Message 3

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    Posted by pifenhsu (U15582745) on Thursday, 24th January 2013

    Hello, Pifenhsu:

    I attended the University of Southern California. I graduated in 1959.
    (Yes, really!)

    THEREFORE, I could say:

    1. I graduated from the university in 1959. [Some people do not use the word "the" in such a sentence.]

    2. I graduated from the university many years ago.

    3. I graduated from the university more than 50 years ago.

    NOTES:

    a) Many Americans prefer to say "I graduated from COLLEGE many years ago."

    b) Some people feel that it is "better" English to say:

    "I WAS graduated from college many years ago." But I think that in 2013, many (most?) Americans omit the "was."


    James 
    Hi! James,

    I appreciated your taking the time to answer my question.
    It really helps a lot!

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  • Message 4

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    Posted by TheParser (U15332113) on Thursday, 24th January 2013

    Thank you for your kind note.

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  • Message 5

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    Posted by domhnull (U2185848) on Sunday, 27th January 2013

    I'm afraid I don't understand 'was graduated'. Who or what graduated you? In the UK the phrase would be, 'I graduated in 1963 with a degree in History'. You may be interested to know, however, that in the ancient universities in Scotland one talks about being 'capped'. At St Andrew's, Prince William and the girl who would become his wife were capped at the same graduation ceremony. The graduand is presented to the Principal who taps him / her on the head with an academic cap, so becoming a graduate.

    D

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  • Message 6

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    Posted by TheParser (U15332113) on Sunday, 27th January 2013

    Hello, domhnull:

    Thank you for your interesting comments.

    1. Thank you for telling me about the capping ceremony of the future king.

    2. Here is what The Columbia Guide to Standard American English says:

    "Graduate" as an intransitive verb in ... "I graduated from college this June" is

    now standard; the once-required passive ("I was graduated from ...") is now

    old-fashioned, a bit stuffy, and obsolescent.

    a. Since I AM old-fashioned, a bit stuffy, and obsolescent, I still prefer ...


    James

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