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    about the simple past or be + past participle

    what is the more correct in my exmple.
    or what is correct
    and it's wrong

    i graduated in harvard
    i was graduated in harvard
    i am graduated in harvard
    i graduated from harvard
    i was graduated from harvard
    i am graduated from harvard

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    Re: about the simple past or be + past participle

    Perhaps this link will help you: https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...graduated.html

    Technically, none of these are correct: You need a capital I.

    I graduated from Harvard is correct, once you capitalize the I.

    I was graduated from Harvard is apparently also correct, according to the link above.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    what is the more correct in my exmple.
    or what is correct
    and it's wrong

    i graduated in harvard
    i was graduated in harvard
    i am graduated in harvard
    i graduated from harvard
    i was graduated from harvard
    i am graduated from harvard
    None of them are correct.
    The correct sentence is
    I have graduated from Harvard. Your 4th sentence would be correct, if you had added the specific element of time. eg. I graduated from Harvard last year or last month or a month ago.

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    Re: about the simple past or be + past participle

    Hi 1984,
    While it's true that you cannot use the present perfect with a specific time reference, it's NOT true that you cannot use the simple past without one.

    I graduated from Harvard is perfectly correct, and in fact, a much better choice if the person's graduation was not in the immediate past.
    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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    Re: about the simple past or be + past participle

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Perhaps this link will help you: https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...graduated.html

    Technically, none of these are correct: You need a capital I.

    I graduated from Harvard is correct, once you capitalize the I.

    I was graduated from Harvard is apparently also correct, according to the link above.
    Thank you for this link. It reminds me of the fact that -- many decades ago -- I was taught that students do not graduate. Rather, universities graduate students. Hence, we learned that it is technically more correct to say that "I was graduated from Podunk U." (which is closer to the truth in my case!)

    However, if you use this form, I'm afraid, you will either be showing your age or demonstrating quite a pedantic streak. Now one hears "I graduated from..." almost exclusively.

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    Re: about the simple past or be + past participle

    Who was it who was asking about usage panels recently? That's why they are so useful! Useful usage!
    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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