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    able to be a chemistry tutor is the recognition of my academic excellence.

    Hi,

    Question:
    I think there are 3 mistakes in my sentences.
    Could you please correct the mistakes that I point out?

    Sentence:
    2 years ago, I was a chemistry tutor.
    This was important to me, because able to be a chemistry tutor is the recognition of my academic excellence.



    Mistake1 :
    “able to be….” Is not a noun clause.
    I should rewrite it as “being able to be….”.

    Mistake2:
    “recognition is uncountable”, so saying the recognition doesn’t make sense.

    Mistake3:
    This was important to me is grammatically incorrect. Although this happened in the past, but it is still important for me now.

    Thanks


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    Re: able to be a chemistry tutor is the recognition of my academic excellence.

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    Hi,

    Question:
    I think there are 3 mistakes in my sentences.
    Could you please correct the mistakes that I point out?

    Sentence:
    2 years ago, I was a chemistry tutor.
    This was important to me, because able to be a chemistry tutor is the recognition of my academic excellence.



    Mistake1 :
    “able to be….” Is not a noun clause.
    I should rewrite it as “being able to be….”.

    Mistake2:
    “recognition is uncountable”, so saying the recognition doesn’t make sense.

    Mistake3:
    This was important to me is grammatically incorrect. Although this happened in the past, but it is still important for me now.

    Thanks
    You are mostly correct.

    For mistake 1, I would use "to become" or "becoming" instead of "being" because your academic excellence allows you to start working as a tutor. Similarly, I would use "became" instead of "was" in your first statement.

    For mistake 2, I don't agree that "recognition" is necessarily uncountable. "Winning an Oscar is one form of recognition of an actor's excellence." However, I would only use "the" with "only", i.e., "the only recognition" which doesn't catch the current meaning. So, "was recognition" is best -- note that I changed the tense because becoming a tutor was recognition at the time.

    Mistake 3: The expression "was important to me" is not grammatically incorrect although it might be inaccurate or incomplete. You could say, "was and still is important to me".

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