I have this sentence: I fell in love with coding, but still I was not able to decide whether it is something possible as a career. Is the structure correct?

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  • ' while yet' might be neater than still yet. Tense sequence suggests was for is. You could leave out 'something' and lose nothing. – Hugh Jun 15 at 22:39
  • please explain in other words what you thing this sentence is stating. – Tuffy Jun 15 at 22:46
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    I edited in another format, good enough? – Papa Jun 15 at 22:59
  • Yes it's correct. Possibly better would be "Despite falling in love with coding, I could not decide if it was a possible career". – Peter Jennings Jun 15 at 23:28
  • Thank you, I have a letter of explanation that will be attached with my study permit application, and I am in need of having a revision on it by some well versed in English. Can you offer some help? Or should I post it here? Thanka – Papa Jun 15 at 23:46

(1) When you use the adverb "still" in this sense, it is more idiomatic to place it after the verb to be. (2) You don't need to repeat the pronoun "I". (3) The phrasing "it is something possible as a career" sounds very awkward, especially with the verb "decide". It is better to use "decide whether" before a choice of what to do, and something else like "determine whether" before a question about what is. I would suggest recasting your sentence to be more like one of these:

I fell in love with coding, but was still not able to decide whether to make it a career.

I fell in love with coding, but didn't know whether it would be a good career choice.


Yes, it's correct. (Your conjunction "and" has done its job, and "still" is but an adverb to "was." Note that "still" is sometimes a conjunction itself, as in "He doubted, still he went ahead." So maybe that brings your uncertainty here. Using two functioning conjunctions in a row would of course be weird ["and but he went ahead"??] but, if the second conjunction can be justified as an adverb, it's okay.)

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