Which one is correct?

I am a new graduate and have been teaching German for a few weeks now.

I am a newly graduate and ...

I can't decide whether to use "new" or "newly".

  • New graduate is more formal. >Example -An example format in preparing a resume for a new graduate. If you can decide it why are you asking that question :D Jan 9 '12 at 7:48

"new graduate" is correct.

'New' is an adjective which describes the noun, 'graduate'.

'Newly' is an adverb which would describe a verb, but in this case, you need the noun.

  • I'm a new graduate. I have newly graduated. Just two examples to complete this answer.
    – user16825
    Jan 9 '12 at 8:03
  • Newly graduated is used a lot but it is slang. Type newly graduated in google and the first result will be The BEST And WORST Cities For The Newly Graduated Jan 9 '12 at 8:12
  • @speedy what is slang about "newly graduated"? It's perfectly valid English.
    – simchona
    Jan 9 '12 at 8:24
  • @simchona Perfectly valid doesn't mean correct. Show me a grammar rule that makes newly graduated correct. Something that can be valid for India or States not always is correct in UK. Phrase that is not correct but is used a lot is slang for me, because it is informal and some sort of dialect. Jan 9 '12 at 9:27
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    @speedyGonzales: The grammar rule that permits newly graduated is the one that also allows newly hatched, newly published and newly discovered. It definitely isn’t slang. Slang describes a type of vocabulary, not a type of grammar. Informal language doesn’t mean the same as dialect. Standard English is one of the many varieties of the language and it embraces both formal and informal styles. Jan 9 '12 at 10:05

As Nishant has already said, the correct usage is new graduate because of the adjective/noun relationship. A sample phrase for newly graduated would be something like:

Our firm has a number of entry-level positions available for newly graduated individuals.

"New graduate" is correct. "Graduate" is a noun here.

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