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If I want to express the fact that I have a brother who is currently a university student in Boston or attending a university in Boston, can I say "I have a brother who's in a university in Boston"?

What about "I have a brother who went to a university in Boston." does this imply that my brother has finished his degree and graduated already?

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can I say "I have a brother who's in a university in Boston"?

Yes, this sounds fine to me.

"I have a brother who went to a university in Boston." does this imply that my brother has finished his degree and graduated already?

Yes, this sounds like your brother no longer attends the university.

Why not just name the university?

"I have a brother who's going to University XYZ in Boston."

  • ohh right, "who's going to " is the expression I was looking for. thanks ! – Joji Aug 1 '18 at 5:51
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Call them an "UNDERGRAD". This means they have graduated high school, and are now studying to earn their "Bachelor's Degree". Unless your brother has actually already earned a bachelor's degree, and has continued at college to pursue a "Master's Degree", in which case you would call them a "GRAD STUDENT". A grad student who wants even more education than that is going to become a "DOCTORAL CANDIDATE", and will earn the title "DOCTOR OF (whatever the field of study is)", earn a Phd certificate, and will probably become a professor who teaches at a university.

So, you would probably say: "My brother is an undergrad in Boston.", and people will immediately presume you mean Harvard, and be impressed, although they should not be. Lots of bad people also graduate from Harvard....

Once he graduatues, you'd say:"My brother did his undergrad in Boston." This would be a very colloquial, very native-born-speaker-of-Americañol style of speaking.

  • Hi. thank you for your reply. Can I say "My brother is an undergrad studying abroad in Boston" if he's not from the states? – Joji Aug 1 '18 at 5:53
  • Yes, that's exactly the best way to say it. – Ace Frahm Aug 8 '18 at 1:48
  • I downvoted that because I think the Question doesn't belong here, anad neither do the Comments or Answer. I think you'd get more useful help somewhere like English Language Learners. – Robbie Goodwin Aug 17 '18 at 19:38

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