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    I'm a 50 year old small business owner that's going to college to finish up my underg

    I'm a 50 year old small business owner that's going to college to finish up my undergrad.

    Would a native speaker say this?

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    Re: I'm a 50 year old small business owner that's going to college to finish up my un

    A BE speaker wouldn't say that.

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    Re: I'm a 50 year old small business owner that's going to college to finish up my un

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    A BE speaker wouldn't say that.
    Can you change it so that it's native?

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    Re: I'm a 50 year old small business owner that's going to college to finish up my un

    An AmE speaker would not say that either.

    I'm a 50-year-old small business owner who's going back to college to finish up my undergraduate degree.

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    Re: I'm a 50 year old small business owner that's going to college to finish up my un

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    An AmE speaker would not say that either.

    I'm a 50-year-old small business owner who's going back to college to finish up my undergraduate degree.
    If it is in written English, it is fine for me. In case it is in spoken English, the sentence sounds kinda long for me. I would say "I'm a 50-year-old small business owner. I'm going back to college to finish up my undergraduate degree". Do you think native speakers would tend to say so?

    Is it wrong to use " that" instead of "who"? I think both "that" and "who" are okay.

    Thank you!


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    Re: I'm a 50 year old small business owner that's going to college to finish up my un

    "That" is OK, but I prefer "who". The sentence works fine in spoken English as one or two sentences.

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    Re: I'm a 50 year old small business owner that's going to college to finish up my un

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    "That" is OK, but I prefer "who". The sentence works fine in spoken English as one or two sentences.
    I'm a 50-year-old small business owner who's going back to college to finish up my undergrad.

    Is this okay?

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    Re: I'm a 50 year old small business owner that's going to college to finish up my un

    It would be better with "undergraduate degree". Why abbreviate it?

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    Re: I'm a 50 year old small business owner that's going to college to finish up my un

    This BE speaker doesn't like 'finish up' or 'undergraduate degree'. If you have a degree you're no longer an undergraduate.

    'I'm a 50-year-old small business owner who's going back to college to finish a degree course I started 30 years ago.'

    Or just '...to get a degree.'

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    Re: I'm a 50 year old small business owner that's going to college to finish up my un

    In AmE you will often hear "undergraduate degree" to differentiate it from "graduate degree".

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