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    Question where he has majored in ...

    Mr. White has recently graduated from the University of Chicago where he has majored in English Literature and minored in Teaching English as a Second Language.

    Is it right to use the present perfect tense in the bold part? If it is not, could you explain why? Thanks for help!

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    Re: where he has majored in ...

    The second part should be in the past tense (he majored) as the action is over and has no bearing on the present.

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    Re: where he has majored in ...

    The present perfect can be used as long as he still majors in it now, i.e. he has not yet graduated.
    'He has majored in English Literature since he matriculated at the University of Chicago.'

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    Re: where he has majored in ...

    Both ted and Matthew are wrong in this context.

    The word 'recently' justifies the use of the present perfect.

    News reports of recent events say things like 'The scientist Tess Chube has died at the age of 73'.

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    Re: where he has majored in ...

    I thought 'recently' justified the use of the present perfect 'has graduated'. Was I wrong?

    'Mr. White has recently graduated from the University of Chicago where he majored in English Literature in the past years.'
    In this context, 'has majored' should not be used because it happened in the past. Am I right or wrong?

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    #6

    Re: where he has majored in ...

    I would use the simple past tense "majored".

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    Re: where he has majored in ...

    MikeNewYork
    You are using the simply past tense because the sentence was showed the answer "has recently graduated from".

    Am I correct? NewYork

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    Re: where he has majored in ...

    Because the present perfect was used in the first part, I see no reason for using it in the second part.

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    Re: where he has majored in ...

    "Mr. White has recently graduated from the University of Chicago where he has majored in English Literature and minored in Teaching English as a Second Language."

    Is it because "...he has majored..." means he has not finished the course, or the first part's being in the present perfect tense makes it no sense to use the same tense in the second part that the simple past should be used instead? Sorry for such a long sentence, for I don't know how to express it otherwise.
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    #10

    Re: where he has majored in ...

    The word 'recently' justifies the use of the present perfect.
    1. Mr. White has recently graduated from the University of Chicago
    2. Mr. White recently graduated from the University of Chicago.

    Correct me if I am wrong but I do not see anything wrong with No. 2. On second thoughts, I would say both the present perfect and past tense could be used in both the lst and 2nd parts of OP's sentence. Is there any reason why they cannot?

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