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I am a student at State University and I am pursuing a Master Degree.

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I am a student at State University and pursuing a Master Degree.

Which one is correct?

  • Even fun... remove 'and' as well! :) – Maulik V Sep 5 '17 at 6:09
  • I don't know whether you can say "a Master Degree" in US English, but in British English, it's "a Master's degree" with 's after "Master". I think this would be the more usual form in the US as well. – rjpond Sep 5 '17 at 18:49
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"I am a student" is the simple present tense.

"I am pursuing a Master Degree" is the present progressive tense.

So you can't omit "I am" in the second part, because it would be a simple sentence with one subject and compound predicate (see video). And here you can find the rule for those sentences:

Remember: when the subject of a sentence does two or more things, the verbs use the same tense.

But if you don't omit "I am" you get a correct compound sentence with two independent parts. So, the correct phrase is "I am a student at State University and I am pursuing a Master Degree".

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