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    uktous is offline Senior Member
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    During my time as a student at ABC University,

    Hi,


    I want to say:
    When I studied at ABC University, I was selected to mark exam papers.
    When I studied at ABC University, I used SPSS to complete some assignments.


    If I write the sentence as:
    During my time as a student at ABC University, I was selected to mark exam papers.
    During my time as a student at ABC University, I used SPSS to complete some assignments.



    Will this mislead people to think:
    Throughout my time as a student at ABC University, I was selected to mark exam papers.
    Throughout my time as a student at ABC University, I used SPSS to complete some assignments.




    ???




    Thanks

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    Re: During my time as a student at ABC University,

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    Hi,


    I want to say:
    When I studied at ABC University, I was selected to mark exam papers.
    When I studied at ABC University, I used SPSS to complete some assignments.


    If I write the sentence as:
    During my time as a student at ABC University, I was selected to mark exam papers.
    During my time as a student at ABC University, I used SPSS to complete some assignments.



    Will this mislead people to think:
    Throughout my time as a student at ABC University, I was selected to mark exam papers.
    Throughout my time as a student at ABC University, I used SPSS to complete some assignments.

    ???

    Thanks
    If you want to be absolutely sure that people won't think that you marked exam papers and used SPSS all the time you were there, you could use:

    While I was a student at ABC university, I was occasionally/regularly selected to mark exam papers.

    However, if you did say "During my time as..." I don't think people would necessarily misunderstand.

    With your other example, I think the fact that you have chosen to say "to complete some assignments" shows that this didn't happen all the time (or throughout your time).
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 01-Jun-2010 at 12:53. Reason: Typos

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    Re: During my time as a student at ABC University,

    They're not the same:
    throughout = all the time I was there
    during = at some point

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    Re: During my time as a student at ABC University,

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    They're not the same:
    throughout = all the time I was there
    during = at some point

    yes,

    but according to dictionary,
    during can mean

    1) at some point
    2) throughout

    so, i would like want open this thread

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    Re: During my time as a student at ABC University,

    During + selected does not imply the entire time to me.

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