Graduated, I started attending the degree course in Computer Science and Engineering in 2017, where I will graduate after two years with ⁹⁸⁄₁₁₀.

Is a simple will graduate ok here, or should I instead use the longer will have graduated perfect form?

  • Can you explain what you mean by using will at all for the second clause's verb? How exactly would you say this in your native language, whatever that is? By your name I take you to be any of Italian, Spanish, or Portuguese, but when I think about how to say what you're trying to say in each of those three possible languages, I almost never come up with any sort of future tense for the second verb.
    – tchrist
    Jan 7 '20 at 14:54
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    Do you mean something in English that could be expressed as “In 2017 I began studying the degree course in Computer Science and Engineering, which I completed two years later with ⁹⁸⁄₁₁₀”? Or are you trying to realize a sort of "future in past" narrative sense, perhaps more like “I started attending the degree course in Computer Science and Engineering in 2017, from which I would graduate after two years with ⁹⁸⁄₁₁₀” might run in English? I would love it if you could please post how you would say what you want to say in whichever of Italian or Spanish or Portuguese that you know best!
    – tchrist
    Jan 7 '20 at 14:57
  • Like code, make things declarative and in order. "I will graduate early with a CS degree after only 2 years, and with a 98/110 grade."
    – jimm101
    Jan 7 '20 at 15:00
  • What @tchrist said. It's 2020 now, but presumably a 2-year course started in 2017 would have finished in 2019, so it should be referenced using Past Tense would graduate rather than will graduate. (or the more complex will have graduated, which is still a "future" reference, not appropriate if you've already graduated, as an established fact). Jan 7 '20 at 15:06
  • Where I am set to graduate after (only?) two years with 98/110. Note that the way your score/GPA is treated is odd in English. Normally it would be preceded with something like “with a score of” or “with a GPA of” or even just “with a 98/110” i’ll also note that I am unfamiliar with scores in a fractional format like that.
    – Jim
    Jan 7 '20 at 15:23

The given sentence quite liberally teeters between tenses, and is erroneous. The first sentence seems like the narrator is limning in the past, and then fast-forwards to the present. I'd first rephrase the sentence as:

Graduated, I started attending the degree course in Computer Science and Engineering in 2017, after whose completion, I will graduate in two years with ⁹⁸⁄₁₁₀.

Now, to answer your original question, both will graduate and will have graduated are grammatical. But I'd go with the latter, as you have also specified a certainty of ⁹⁸⁄₁₁₀. Hence, by using will have, you denote that you have prepared enough to obtain ⁹⁸⁄₁₁₀.

  • But 2019 is already in the past.
    – tchrist
    Jan 7 '20 at 14:58
  • @tchrist What if this passage was written before 2019? The last sentence says that '...I will', implying that it was written before 2019 finished.
    – Noaman Ali
    Jan 7 '20 at 15:15

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