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    four-year starter

    Hello,

    What does "four-year starter" mean?

    As in:

    "He was a four-year starter at the University of Washington".

    Thank you.

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    Re: four-year starter

    Quote Originally Posted by Cynthia Garett View Post
    Hello,

    What does "four-year starter" mean?

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    "He was a four-year starter at the University of Washington".

    Thank you.
    I've never heard the expression, but perhaps it means he was starting a four year course of study.

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    Re: four-year starter

    He was such a good athlete that he was " a starter" (the best members of a team start the game) for all four years. Most freshman and many sophomores (first and second year students) are not good enough to start. They are brought into the game to give the starting players a break.
    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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    #4

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    Two nations divided by a common language.

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    #5

    Re: four-year starter

    Well, you're probably used to universities which exist to educate students, rather than to provide an environment for star football and basketball players to mature to professional status.

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    (I thought it best to leave the idea of true freshmen and red-shirt freshmen out of it. That was a good decision, wasn't it, Dave?)
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    #7

    Re: four-year starter

    I was thinking of the same terms, wondering if the 4 year starter was a red shirt.

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    Re: four-year starter

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I was thinking of the same terms, wondering if the 4 year starter was a red shirt.

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    Redshirt is a term used in American college athletics that refers to delaying or suspending an athlete's participation in order to lengthen his or her period of eligibility. Typically, a student's athletic eligibility in a given sport is four seasons, a number derived from the four years of academic classes that are normally required to obtain a bachelor's degree at an American college or university. However, a student-athlete may be offered the opportunity to redshirt for one year which allows the athlete to spread those four years of eligibility over five years. In a redshirt year, a student athlete may attend classes at the college or university, practice with an athletic team, and dress for play but he or she may not compete during the game. Using this mechanism, a student athlete has up to five academic years to use the four years of eligibility, thus creating the phenomenon of the "fifth-year senior."
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redshirt_(college_sports)

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    So unlike the home life of our own dear Queen.

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