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    Default Mary has been learning

    [Mary started learning the piano when she was five and is still carrying on.]

    1. Mary has been learning to play the piano since she was five. She is sitting the grade 3 examination in the coming autumn.
    2. Mary has been learning to play the piano since September, 2011. She is sitting the grade 3 examination in the coming autumn.

    I wonder if sentence 1 and 2 are correct?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Mary has been learning

    Yes

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    They both sound fine to me. 'The' is not strictly necessary in these sentences. Also, I don't think you need a comma between 'September' and '2011', but I'm not certain on that point.

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    Default Re: Mary has been learning

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Yes
    Thanks 5jj.

    I'm sorry, I edited my post before your reply. Is the edited post grammtically correct?

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    Default Re: Mary has been learning

    Quote Originally Posted by SlickVic9000 View Post
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    They both sound fine to me. 'The' is not strictly necessary in these sentences. Also, I don't think you need a comma between 'September' and '2011', but I'm not certain on that point.
    Thanks, SlickVic9000.

    Do you mean "the" is not strictly necessary before "grade 2 examination" and "coming auturmn"?

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    Default Re: Mary has been learning

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    I'm sorry, I edited my post before your reply. Is the edited post grammatically correct?
    Yes, but I'd say 'this autumn' rather than 'in the coming autumn'.

    In BrE we normally use 'the' before an instrument we play/learn/practise, etc. SlickVic's comment applies to AmE.

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    Default Re: Mary has been learning

    And do delete the comma after September.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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