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    When John and Carter were going to New York they were at university.

    When John and Carter were going to New York they were at university. But there studies at university were about to finish.

    What do we need to say if there is a student who is at a school or university but it will end soon? Like a student who is in 12th class and by next month he will have passed this class to get admission to a university. "His schooling will be completed by next month". How about university?

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    Re: When John and Carter were going to New York they were at university.

    Write their studies. In the United States a twelfth-grade student who expects to finish high school at the end of the term is a graduating senior. So is a college or university senior (typically a fourth-year student).
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: When John and Carter were going to New York they were at university.

    I can't see the reason for opening with the past continuous. Did they go on holiday/vacation to New York while they were at university together?
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    Re: When John and Carter were going to New York they were at university.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I can't see the reason for opening with the past continuous. Did they go on holiday/vacation to New York while they were at university together?
    Yes.

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    Re: When John and Carter were going to New York they were at university.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Write their studies. In the United States a twelfth-grade student who expects to finish high school at the end of the term is a graduating senior. So is a college or university senior (typically a fourth-year student).
    Do we need to say they were the "Graduating seniors" when they went to New York?

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    Re: When John and Carter were going to New York they were at university.

    John and Carter went on holiday/vacation to New York just before they finished university/just before they graduated.
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    Re: When John and Carter were going to New York they were at university.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    John and Carter went on holiday/vacation to New York just before they finished university/just before they graduated.
    If we have to say the same but in present tense then what do we need to say "Their university studies are going to be finished next week"?

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    Re: When John and Carter were going to New York they were at university.

    They're going to graduate next week.
    They will graduate next week.
    They graduate next week.
    They finish university next week.


    (Note that finishing their studies isn't the same as graduating.)
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    Re: When John and Carter were going to New York they were at university.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    They're going to graduate next week.
    They will graduate next week.
    They graduate next week.
    They finish university next week.


    (Note that finishing their studies isn't the same as graduating.)
    Can we say "Their university gets finished next week"?

    What does "Finishing their studies" mean?

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    Re: When John and Carter were going to New York they were at university.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Can we say "Their university gets finished next week"?
    No. That's not grammatical. You might hear "them" say "University finishes next week".

    What does "Finishing their studies" mean?
    It means that they come to the end of their formal period of studying. They don't have to attend classes or lectures any more and they've taken all their exams. Graduation usually comes a few weeks (possibly months later) at an official ceremony.
    See above.
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