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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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closed as general reference by FumbleFingers, Mehper C. Palavuzlar, Mahnax, tchrist, cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Sep 2 '12 at 0:01

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

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
up vote 2 down vote accepted

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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