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    Dear teachers again,

    I was wondering if we need the article "the" before the word "university" as in:

    After graduating from (the or X?) unversity, I shall be 23 by then.


    Thanks again for helping, teachers! ^O^

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    No, you don't need the there. Additionally, you don't need by then at the end of the sentence. Thus, the sentence would be: "After graduating from university, I will be 23." (In AE we wouldn't use shall there.)

    I hope that helps.

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    Thanks heaps again, teacher Ronbee! ^o^

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    But do note the use of 'the' in names:
    Oxford University
    The University of Oxford

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    Thanks to teacher Tdol for helping too! ^o^

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    You'd also use 'the' when you were talking specifically about a univeristy and not thinking in terms of education and qualifications:
    The university I went to is about two hundred miles from here.

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    Thanks, Tdol, for mentioning everything I didn't.

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