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    #1

    Studying in high school is more difficult than junior high school.

    Hello.

    One of my students wrote:

    1. There are two things that I want to do when I enter high school.
    2. First, I want to study more at high school.
    3. I think studying in high school is more difficult than junior high school.
    4. But I hope I will be clever.
    5. Second, I want to make a lot of friends.
    6. I will talk about many things with my new friends.

    In #3, she(=the student) is referring to the fact that she will have to study more difficult subjects when she becomes a high school student.
    Should it be "... studying in high school is more difficult than (studying) in junior high school"?
    I feel "in" is required there.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: Studying in high school is more difficult than junior high school.

    I agree with you about 'in'.

    Why do your students write numbered sentences instead of a connected piece of text?

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    #3

    Re: Studying in high school is more difficult than junior high school.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I agree with you about 'in'.

    Why do your students write numbered sentences instead of a connected piece of text?
    Thank you, Rover.

    Well, in fact, they don't do that. (It is originally a connected piece of text.)
    I number those sentences because it is easier for me to refer to the sentence in question that way.
    I'm sorry to have caused some misunderstanding.

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    #4

    Re: Studying in high school is more difficult than junior high school.

    Hello, again.

    Please allow me to ask another question about #1.

    Would it be better to write "There are two things that I want to do after I enter high school"?

    Thank you again.

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    #5

    Re: Studying in high school is more difficult than junior high school.

    Does sentence #4 sound natural here?

    I can't imagine any situation where I'd say it.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #6

    Re: Studying in high school is more difficult than junior high school.

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello, again.

    Please allow me to ask another question about #1.

    Would it be better to write "There are two things that I want to do after I enter high school"?

    Thank you again.
    "When" and "after" both work. I wouldn't say either one is better than the other.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: Studying in high school is more difficult than junior high school.

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Does sentence #4 sound natural here?

    I can't imagine any situation where I'd say it.
    I agree that sentence #4 is odd. Firstly, I would expect it to have been connected to #3 with no break between the two. In addition, saying "I hope I will be clever" is unnatural. Generally, people are considered (or consider themselves) to be clever or not so clever. The student isn't likely to suddenly become clever upon entering high school. Something like "I hope I'm clever enough to deal with the lessons" would work.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: Studying in high school is more difficult than junior high school.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I agree that sentence #4 is odd. Firstly, I would expect it to have been connected to #3 with no break between the two. In addition, saying "I hope I will be clever" is unnatural. Generally, people are considered (or consider themselves) to be clever or not so clever. The student isn't likely to suddenly become clever upon entering high school. Something like "I hope I'm clever enough to deal with the lessons" would work.
    Thank you for your comments.
    I agree with you and Boris that it's odd.
    However, the fact is that most of the students I'm teaching are beginners.
    As long as the sentence they construct is grammatical and understandable, I usually leave it as it is.
    Your comments and corrections are greatly appreciated, because I, a non-native English teacher, can learn something new/useful from them.
    Also, it is my earnest desire to teach my students natural English.
    I'm lucky to be a member of UsingEnglish. Thank you ever so much.

    (Additional question)
    How about "I hope I will be cleverer (than now)." Would it work?
    Thank you again.
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 02-Feb-2014 at 12:20.

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