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  1. Newbie
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    Correct use of tense! Please help!!!

    Having finished school I entered the university where I studied and mastered English for 5 years.

    Is Past Simple here correct? Or should I use Present Perfect instead? If yes, why? Thank you

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    Re: Correct use of tense! Please help!!!

    Simple Past is good if you're not at university studying English anymore. If you are still there and still studying English, you would use the perfect progressive and say '... I entered university, where I've been studying English for five years."

    The thing I have against your sentence is the use of 'master' where mastering a language is the result of study, so you don't 'master English for five years', rather 'master English in five years/after five years of study'. Your sentence is better as something like 'I entered university where I studied English for five years before mastering it." (or something along those lines)

    (not a teacher, just a language lover)

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    Re: Correct use of tense! Please help!!!

    Thank you for reply!

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