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    #1

    Being a 17-year-old, you will surely ...

    Context: Me Replying to a question by a 17-year-old.

    Me: Being a 17-year-old, you will surely not have any idea about masters and PhD.....

    Are the usage of "me" and "will" above correct?

    Thank you very much.
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    #2

    Re: Being a 17-year-old, you will surely ...

    (not a teacher)
    You could shorten it to: "You're only 17 and have no clue about masters and PhD."
    Last edited by krisfromgermany; 23-Jan-2017 at 03:56.

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    #3

    Re: Being a 17-year-old, you will surely ...

    I don't see why a seventeen-year-old couldn't have such ideas.

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    #4

    Re: Being a 17-year-old, you will surely ...

    It's because people where I live are so protective about children until they stand on their own. So they usually don't know much until they are into graduation.
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    I was referring to his current age and understanding. But doesn't "will" mean future?

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    #5

    Re: Being a 17-year-old, you will surely ...

    Quote Originally Posted by MeyaN View Post
    It's because people where I live are so protective about children until they stand on their own.
    That implies that people stand on their own children.

    Quote Originally Posted by MeyaN View Post
    So they usually don't know much until they are into graduation.
    Who does "they" refer to?

    Quote Originally Posted by MeyaN View Post
    I was referring to his current age
    Can't girls be 17 years old?

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    Re: Being a 17-year-old, you will surely ...

    Quote Originally Posted by MeyaN View Post
    It's because people where I live are so protective about children until they stand on their own. So they usually don't know much until they are into graduation.
    That's a cultural difference, but people should have ideas about courses before they take them IMO. It would struggle to gain traction in these parts.

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    Re: Being a 17-year-old, you will surely ...

    But the question is not yet answered. Please answer it.
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    #8

    Re: Being a 17-year-old, you will surely ...

    Quote Originally Posted by MeyaN View Post
    Context: Me Replying to a question by a 17-year-old.

    Me: Being a 17-year-old, you will surely not have any idea about masters and PhD.....

    Are the usage of "me" and "will" above correct?
    Yes they are. Congratulations; these are difficult constructions.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #9

    Re: Being a 17-year-old, you will surely ...

    "As a 17-year-old, you will surely not have any idea about master's or PhD studies/programs/courses."

    You need to put a noun at the end because "master's" and "PhD" function as adjectives here.
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