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I have written down the sentences below.

(1a) Primary school was too long ago for me to be willing to admit. (my version)

(1b) I attended primary school too long ago to be willing to admit. (my friends' revision)


(2a) Primary school was so long ago that I wouldn't want to admit. (my version)

(2b) I attended primary school so long ago that I wouldn't want to admit it. (my friends' revision)


(3a) Primary school was longer ago than I would want to admit. (my version)

(3b) I attended primary school longer ago than I would want to admit it. (my friends' revision)

(4a) Jack finished primary school in 2010. Mary finished it in 2005. Primary school was the longest ago. (my version)

(4b) Jack finished primary school in 2010. Mary finished it in 2005. I finished it the longest ago. (my version)

In these sentences, I don't want to admit how long ago I went to primary school.

May I ask two questions?

(A) Whose versions are correct?

(B) If my versions are wrong, can I correct them by replacing "Primary school" with "My primary school days"?

What is your opinion? I really appreciate your time and help. Thank you very much.

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ansonguy(1a) Primary school was too long ago for me to be willing to admit. (my version)
(1b) I attended primary school too long ago to be willing to admit. (my friends' revision)
(2a) Primary school was so long ago that I wouldn't want to admit. (my version)

None of these read correctly to me. They do not seem correctly formed, or the answer to "admit what?" is not clearly indicated by the wording.

ansonguy(2b) I attended primary school so long ago that I wouldn't want to admit it. (my friends' revision)

This is correctly formed, but it is not very clear whether you wouldn't want to admit how long ago it was, or you wouldn't want to admit going.

ansonguy(3a) Primary school was longer ago than I would want to admit. (my version)

OK.

ansonguy(3b) I attended primary school longer ago than I would want to admit it. (my friends' revision)

No. It would be OK if you delete the word "it".

ansonguy(4a) Jack finished primary school in 2010. Mary finished it in 2005. Primary school was the longest ago. (my version)

Final sentence doesn't make proper sense.

ansonguy(4b) Jack finished primary school in 2010. Mary finished it in 2005. I finished it the longest ago. (my version)

Possible, but "it" feels awkward to me. I think it would read better if you just deleted both instances of "it".

ansonguy(B) If my versions are wrong, can I correct them by replacing "Primary school" with "My primary school days"?

This replacement seems unlikely to fix any relevant problems. It is of course possible in a sentence such as (3a), provided, of course, you also change verb agreement "was" to "were".