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I am not sure whether I have used Present Perfect correctly in the following sentence: "Influenced by my academic background and experience, my research interests are diverse and interdisciplinary. They have been shaped by the academic programs that I have completed, which provided me with good foundations to explore different topics in the field of English Linguistics, Literature and Culture. Can you help me out?

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  • In the subordinate clause you switch from perfect to past, when you say which provided me with.... Had I written the first part of the sentence in the perfect, I think I would have tended to continue which have provided me.... It doesn't stand out as a great error, but I think it flows rather better and has a stronger grammatical claim. – WS2 Apr 25 '15 at 19:55
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You would need to change provided to provides.


This is a suggested rewrite:

The academic programs that I completed have shaped my diverse and interdisciplinary research interests. This provides me with a good foundation to explore different topics in the field of English Linguistics, Literature and Culture.

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