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    how important English is

    Hi,

    Is the phrase "how important English is" used correctly in the sentence below?

    When I was looking for a job and got a lot of interviews to get through, I realized then how important English is.

    Many thanks.

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    Re: how important English is

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Hi,

    Is the phrase "how important English is" used correctly in the sentence below?

    When I was looking for a job and got a lot of interviews to get through, I realized then how important English is.

    Many thanks.
    At first you should cross out that then and say instead:
    When I was looking for a job and got a lot of interviews to get through, I realized then how important English is.
    Then your sentence is correct.

    But it could be even a little better if you changed it to:

    When I was looking for a job and went through a lot of interviews, I realized how important English is.

    Only when I was looking for a job and went through a lot of interviews, did I realize how important English is.

    When I was looking for a job I had a lot of interviews to get through. Only then I realized how important English is.

    If you want, it is also possible to change the final is to was.

    These are just some suggestions.

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