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I would like to share my experience during my three years of studies in the UK.
I left the comforts and warmth of my family and friends in September 2003, and decided to embark on a journey to a foreign land but nonetheless it is / was an experience I will never forget.

Should 'is' or 'was' be used? Is 'nonetheless' correctly used here? Can the sentences be improved on?
Thanks in advance.

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Hi Yoong,
my personal opinion:
I left the comforts and warmth of my family and friends in September 2003, and decided to embark on a journey to a foreign land but nonetheless it is / was an experience I will never forget.

I wouldn't use "nonetheless". It means "despite the fact that...", and I think it would have been an experience you would never forget in any case. As for "is vs was" I'd say one of these:
It was an experience I'll never forget
This is an experience I'll never forget.

It depends on the context and what kind of experience you are talking about. If you are writing now about something that happened in 2003 (four years ago) I think "was" is the best choice anyway, even if you are still in that foreign country. It depends what's exaclty that experience you want to describe. Emotion: smile
Hi,

I would like to share my experience during my three years of studies in the UK.
I left the comforts and warmth of my family and friends in September 2003, and decided to embark on a journey to a foreign land but nonetheless it is / was an experience I will never forget.

Should 'is' or 'was' be used? Either, but I prefer 'was', as the earlier half of the sentence is focused on the past.

Is 'nonetheless' correctly used here? 'Nevertheless' is more common. And read on . . .

Can the sentences be improved on?

I'd say the singular 'comfort', to balance with 'warmth'.

I'd omit 'decided to' particularly since I think the decision did not come after you left your family.

In terms of structure, for 'nevertheless' you need to focus on two things that are 'contrary' to one another. Your sentence has three things ( leave/decide/was ). The 'nevertheless' tends to contrast the 'deciding/embarking' with the 'was', whereas what you need to do is to contrast the 'leaving' with the 'was'.

I would like to share my experience during my three years of studies in the UK.
I left the comfort and warmth of my family and friends in September 2003 to embark on a journey to a foreign land, but nevertheless it was an experience I will never forget.


Best wishes, Clive
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Thanks, Kooyeen, for your comments.
Thanks, Clive, for your very constructive comments and your detailed analysis. I agree with all the points you raised.
Sorry, I didn't notice you added some more information, I didn't refresh the page. Then since you studied in the UK but you're not there anymore, I think I'd only use "was" (my personal choice). Emotion: smile
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Kooyeen, I'm sorry about not giving you the full context. Sometimes I edit my post to give more context.
Anyway, thanks for trying your best to help me.

Best wishes
I would like to share my experience during my three years of studies in the UK.

You can't share your experience during a period which is no longer current. "of" would work here.