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    graduate from university or graduate from the university

    If we do not refer to or mention any specific university, do we have to put the definite article 'the' before 'university'?
    Please take a look at the following sentences.

    1. He graduated from (A. X B. the) university in 1980.
    2. He will graduate from (A. X B. the) university three years later.

    ps. 'X' means zero-article.

    Which is correct, A or B? Thanks a lot.

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    Re: graduate from university or graduate from the university

    Quote Originally Posted by maoyueh View Post
    If we do not refer to or mention any specific university, do we have to put the definite article 'the' before 'university'?
    Please take a look at the following sentences.

    1. He graduated from (A. X B. the) university in 1980.
    2. He will graduate from (A. X B. the) university three years later.

    ps. 'X' means zero-article.

    Which is correct, A or B? Thanks a lot.
    In AmE, either a definite or indefinite article would be correct. I believe it is different in BrE.

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    Re: graduate from university or graduate from the university

    If we had to mention 'university' at all, I'd say no article would be most common in BrE. In fact, we'd mostly just say 'He graduated in 1980'.

    #2 needs rephrasing. 'He will graduate (from university) in three years'.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 27-Oct-2013 at 08:31.

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