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    Michael, a London cab driver

    I am wondering if my sentences are grammatically correct.

    Michael, a London cab driver, found himself at the centre of attention when he helped a young actress give a birth in his cab. Since then he got a nickname "Doc."

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    Re: Michael, a London cab driver

    Young actresses give birth.​ It's a traumatic enough experience without introducing an extraneous article.

    If you begin Since then, you need the present perfect has had.

    He acquired a specific nickname; use the definite article.
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    Re: Michael, a London cab driver

    I will repeat my sentence after GoesStation's corrections.

    Michael, a London cab driver, found himself at the centre of attention when he helped a young actress give birth in his cab. Since then he has got the nickname "Doc."

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    Re: Michael, a London cab driver

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I will repeat my sentence after GoesStation's corrections.

    Michael, a London cab driver, found himself at the centre of attention when he helped a young actress give birth in his cab. Since then he has got the nickname "Doc."
    Since the present perfect form of to get means "has", the possessive sense of to have got doesn't work in that tense. I may be to blame for some quirks of English but this one is entirely not my fault. You'll have to use to have here.
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    Re: Michael, a London cab driver

    Remove "at" before "the centre of attention".

    End with "Since then, he has had the nickname Doc", "... has been known by the nickname Doc" or "... has been known as Doc​".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Michael, a London cab driver

    I like:

    Since then he has been known as Doc.

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