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[Mary started learning the piano when she was five and is still carrying on.]

1. Mary has been learning to play the piano since she was five. She is sitting the grade 3 examination in the coming autumn.
2. Mary has been learning to play the piano since September, 2011. She is sitting the grade 3 examination in the coming autumn.

I wonder if sentence 1 and 2 are correct?

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They both sound fine to me. 'The' is not strictly necessary in these sentences. Also, I don't think you need a comma between 'September' and '2011', but I'm not certain on that point.
 

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They both sound fine to me. 'The' is not strictly necessary in these sentences. Also, I don't think you need a comma between 'September' and '2011', but I'm not certain on that point.

Thanks, SlickVic9000.

Do you mean "the" is not strictly necessary before "grade 2 examination" and "coming auturmn"?
 

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I'm sorry, I edited my post before your reply. Is the edited post grammatically correct?
Yes, but I'd say 'this autumn' rather than 'in the coming autumn'.

In BrE we normally use 'the' before an instrument we play/learn/practise, etc. SlickVic's comment applies to AmE.
 

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And do delete the comma after September.
 
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