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I know that I can say, I was determined to go back to college., And also that I can use a synonym, but I'd like to know if the above is correct and why/why not. I feel like one is an intent and one a decision, don't ask me why....

  • They are related. See sense 3 of Oxford Dictionary. – Andrew Leach Jan 20 '16 at 9:49
  • Thank you. I did look myself, but was unable to find a definitive answer. I appreciate it. – Valkyrja Jan 20 '16 at 9:58
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"I determined to go back to college" is perfectly correct English. It means something different from "I was determined to go back to college."

The verb "determine" (past participle determined) means "to come to a decision", so your titular sentence means you have decided to go to college, rather than being resolute about going to college, which is what the adjective determined means.

  • Thank you very much for the clarification, I'm writing a scholarship essay, and I'd much rather hear it from you guys than trust internet opinions! – Valkyrja Jan 25 '16 at 6:01
  • Thanks, but don't forget, we are internet opinions. We like to think we are good ones, but still internet opinions. – DJClayworth Jan 25 '16 at 14:11

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