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    Default Help on Course Certificate for students. Is it properly written?

    Hi teachers,
    I wonder if you could help me on this matter.
    I always give my students a 'course certificate' after they have finished a course. The thing is I would also like to write down the number of hours they have attended. Is it correct this way? Any suggestions are more than welcome.

    Thanks in advance


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    Course Certificate

    This is to Certify that



    Name goes here


    Has Attended an 80 Hours Course
    in English as a Foreing Language



    At Beginners Level





    From ______________________ to ____________________







    ___________________________ _____________________________
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    Last edited by learning54; 09-Mar-2012 at 10:47.

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    Default Re: Help on Course Certificate for students. Is it properly written?

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Hi teachers,
    I wonder if you could help me on this matter.
    I always give my students a 'course certificate' after they have finished a course. The thing is, I would also like to write down the number of hours they have attended. Is it correct this way? Any suggestions are more than welcome.

    Thanks in advance.


    Logo goes here


    Course Certificate

    This is to certify that



    Name goes here


    has attended an eighty hour course in English as a Foreign Language at Beginners Level





    From ______________________ to ____________________







    ___________________________ _____________________________
    Director Teacher

    In the construction you have used, you should say "eighty hour", not "eighty hours". You could also say "a course of eighty hours duration in....".

    I have changed "80" to "eighty". AP style allows 80 in numbers, MLA style prefers it to be written out. I suggest you follow MLA style as, generally speaking, it is more academic than AP, which therefore means is suits your context more.

    I have also corrected your use of capital letters, which is something you might wish to review - you don't seem to have misused them in your question to us, so why did you use so many in the certificate?

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    Default Re: Help on Course Certificate for students. Is it properly written?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tullia View Post
    In the construction you have used, you should say "eighty hour", not "eighty hours". You could also say "a course of eighty hours duration in....". Hmm! I did a literal translation from Spanish to English. Translation, something I'm very much against if you want to learn a second language! By the way, could you tell me the reason to say 'hour' in singular if 'eighty' is plural?

    I have changed "80" to "eighty". AP style allows 80 in numbers, MLA style prefers it to be written out. I suggest you follow MLA style as, generally speaking, it is more academic than AP, which therefore means is suits your context more. Thank you for your advice. I though it would be better to write the number in numbers, this way it will be easier for the person who shows his/her certificate if they apply for a job. But if you say it's more academic, nothing to say.

    I have also corrected your use of capital letters, which is something you might wish to review - you don't seem to have misused them in your question to us, so why did you use so many in the certificate? I thought it will be beter to capitalize the first letter. Obvioulsly I was wrong.


    Thank you for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post


    Thank you for your help.

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    In "an eighty hour (eighty-hour) course","eighty hour (eighty-hour)" is an adjective modifying "course".

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    In "an eighty hour (eighty-hour) course","eighty hour (eighty-hour)" is an adjective modifying "course".
    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply.
    That's right! Numbers can be adjectives as well as pronouns and adjectives don't have plural forms.


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    Default Re: Help on Course Certificate for students. Is it properly written?

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Thank you for your advice. I though it would be better to write the number in numbers, this way it will be easier for the person who shows his/her certificate if they apply for a job. But if you say it's more academic, nothing to say.


    You make a good point! I agree with your logic, and honestly it's a very minor point - few people will be offended by 80 instead of eighty so it might well be best to use the numbers instead.

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    I thought it will be beter to capitalize the first letter. Obviously I was wrong.
    You should use capitals for the first letter in a sentence, but most of your certificate is really one long sentence spread across multiple lines, so you don't need to use capitals on each new line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tullia View Post
    [/COLOR][/COLOR]You make a good point! I agree with your logic, and honestly it's a very minor point - few people will be offended by 80 instead of eighty so it might well be best to use the numbers instead. Thank you.
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    You should use capitals for the first letter in a sentence, but most of your certificate is really one long sentence spread across multiple lines, so you don't need to use capitals on each new line. It is quite logical what you've told me.
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