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I am writing a letter, but got confused with "come/came to an end". Here is my scenario.

Few years back I was working for a company then switch to another company. Right now I am writing a letter about it.

My tenure at XYZ came to an end, when I decided to broaden my knowledge by working for ABC.

Is this statement correct?

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You could avoid this by saying My tenure at XYZ ended when I decided to broaden my knowledge by working for ABC. –  cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Aug 23 '12 at 17:43
@cornbread ninja: Avoid what? If OP can't tell whether he should write came or come, why should he be any better able to decide between ended and end? –  FumbleFingers Aug 23 '12 at 17:45
@FumbleFingers avoid down votes and close votes? ;) –  cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Aug 23 '12 at 17:56
I do't know why I got a down vote. This forum is about asking questions. I am from non English speaking country. I had a doubt and asked it. If it bothers people then stay away. –  Abhijeet Aug 23 '12 at 18:02
Both mine and the other closevote are for General Reference. Which would still be the case if OP had asked whether to use end/ended instead of come/came. No disrespect to OP, but this is a very basic matter of verb tense, not imho suitable for ELU. –  FumbleFingers Aug 23 '12 at 18:03
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closed as general reference by FumbleFingers, Mehper C. Palavuzlar, Mahnax, tchrist, cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Sep 2 '12 at 0:01

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Yes, 'came' is correct, as you are speaking in past tense. Also, there should be no comma after 'end':

"My tenure at XYZ came to an end when I decided to broaden my knowledge by working for ABC."

Though this phrase is a bit of a mouthful, it is correct.

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