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Hi,

Will you check the sentence below?

This idea was planted at the very first stage of studying English.

And I would like to mean "my first days of studying English" but don't know how.

a) "This idea was planted at the very first stage of studying English of mine." Is this correct?
b) Is there any smarter way to say this, using the word, stage?

Thanks,
M
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Hi,

A) Is not good grammar, but a good attempt. You could change the sentence around completely to use subject + verb + object construction:

"In the first days that I studied English, the idea was planted"

or

"The idea was planted in the first days that I studied English"

If you need to use "my" then you are making an action (verb) into a noun. If you need to use the word "my" for a specific reason (e.g. homework task) then you could reword it as follows:

"This idea was planted at the very first stage my English studies."

Here you are using "English studies" as a noun, and to assign ownership of the studies you are stating that they are yours.

Remember, you will use I + verb to show an action, and you will use my + noun to show possession of an object. Examples: "I (subject) study (verb) English (object)", "My English studies"
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Hi, thanks for the reply.

It sounds like "The idea was planted in the first days that I studied English" is the best choice for this time, since "my English studies" seems a bit different from what I want to mean.

Anyway, thank you very much for the useful tip.
M