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    #1

    his circumstance as a non-metropolitan area's

    He has never blamed his circumstance graduated local university.
    *He has never blamed his circumstance as a non-metropolitan area's university graduate.
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    I wonder if the underlined is natural.
    Last edited by keannu; 01-May-2016 at 02:57.

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    #2

    Re: his circumstance as a non-metropolitan area's

    Neither sentence is good. Also, being a university graduate is a status, not a circumstance. The phrase in question is not natural.

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    #3

    Re: his circumstance as a non-metropolitan area's

    What about this?
    He has never blamed
    his position as an unknown university's graduate.

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    Re: his circumstance as a non-metropolitan area's

    I don't understand the underlined phrase. Is he a graduate of a university nobody has ever heard of? And what is he not blaming that for?

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    Re: his circumstance as a non-metropolitan area's

    In Korea, good universities are mostly concentrated in the metropolitan area, while low-level ones are in non-metropolitan areas. He graduated from an unknown, unpopular university in one of such areas. So he kind of had some inferiority, but through his own efforts, he made it big in the states.And this sentence means such situation. Still, doesn't it make sense?
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    *He has never blamed his circumstance as a non-metropolitan area's university graduate.

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    Re: his circumstance as a non-metropolitan area's

    Location within/around a town/city has little to do with the quality of universities in the UK. However, from what you have said, it makes a difference in Korea. You could maybe say "He never blamed his [current] circumstances on having graduated from a non-metropolitan university". I suppose it would make sense to someone who understands the situation with Korean universities.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: his circumstance as a non-metropolitan area's

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    He has never blamed his circumstance graduated local university.
    *He has never blamed his circumstance as a non-metropolitan area's university graduate.
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    I wonder if the underlined is natural.
    No, it isn't. What are you trying to say?
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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