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    I have just been converted to Buddhism.

    If I have just become a Buddhist, can I say "I have just been converted to Buddhism."? or "I have just embraced Buddhism."? Is there any way to express this?

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    Re: I have just been converted to Buddhism.

    Yes - you have just expressed it.

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    Re: I have just been converted to Buddhism.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Yes - you have just expressed it.
    Thanks, Rover.

    Is there any difference between the sentences below or do they mean exactly the same?

    "I have just been converted to Buddhism."
    "I have just embraced Buddhism."

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    Re: I have just been converted to Buddhism.

    The first suggests that somebody was instrumental in your conversion.

    The second implies that you made the decision for yourself.

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    Re: I have just been converted to Buddhism.

    Unless you were converted under duress (someone else can't really force you to change your religion), I'd use "I have just converted to Buddhism".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I have just been converted to Buddhism.

    To me, the first sentence, "I have just been converted to Buddhism." , is simply a statement of fact.

    However, the second sentence, "I have just embraced Buddhism.", means that not only have you accepted this religion, but also you are really enthusiastic about this change.
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    Re: I have just been converted to Buddhism.

    2 means at least to me an acceptance of a new faith. It doesn't necessarily mean you are really enthusiastic about it.

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    Re: I have just been converted to Buddhism.

    Footnote: There's no need for the present perfect. The simple past works fine here.

    "I just converted to Buddhism."
    "I recently converted to Buddhism."

    "I just embraced Buddhism."
    "I recently embraced Buddhism."

    "I just became a Buddhist."
    "I recently became a Buddhist."

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    Re: I have just been converted to Buddhism.

    Thanks, Piscean. I wanted to see if I'd get a response to that effect. So, does it sound strange or wrong to British speakers to say, for example, "I just ate dinner" instead "I have just eaten dinner"? On Google Books, the former tops the latter 558 to 101.

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    Re: I have just been converted to Buddhism.

    I would say "I have just had dinner".
    I use "had" more with lunch than with dinner. I would say, "I just had lunch."

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