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I was writing my resume and personal statement but I don't know whether my sentences are proper:

  1. I won the first place/prize in the contest.
  2. I won first prize and first place in the contest.
  3. I won the Honorable Mention at International Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling.
  4. I won the 1st prize in Mathematics Competition.
  5. I won the 3rd Prize at the Smart Car Invitation Tournament.

My questions are:

Q1: Do I need to put the word "the" behind "tournament/competition/contest" in my resume?

Q2: How to choose the right preposition ('in', 'at' or 'of')?

Q3: Do I need to put the word "the" behind "prize/place" in my resume?

Related Questions:

Using "the" in this sentence: "I won the first place at the tournament"

"came in first place in a challenge" vs "came first " vs "won first place"

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You certainly need at least a when the exact event is not mentioned. Then you need a the where it is. Also the is not used for placement or mention:

1 and 2 are correct if you mention which contest. You also need to mention what type of contest. This is the case for all your achievements. I would drop the the.

3 The the is not needed in front of Honorable Mention but you DO need an or the in front of International Interdisciplinary Contest

4 no need for the in front of 1st prize but the or a in front of +Mathematics Competition_.

5 no need for thein front of 3rd Prize

So

  1. I won first place/1st prize in the 24th annual Beijing Math Contest.
  2. I won first prize and first place in the XXX Contest.
  3. I won Honorable Mention at The International Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling.
  4. I won 1st prize in The XXX Mathematics Competition.
  5. I won 3rd Prize in the Smart Car Invitation Tournament.
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  • You say there is no need for "the" in front of 1st prize but then you include it in your fixed sentences..
    – John V
    Jan 15 '18 at 7:20
  • Read number 4 in your answer. You say " no need for the in front of 1st prize".
    – John V
    Jan 17 '18 at 9:26
  • No problem, I was re-reading it like ten times to be sure I am not crazy :) Thanks for the answer btw, useful for me too!
    – John V
    Jan 17 '18 at 9:32
  • Just thinking, why in no.1 there is "the 1st prize" and in no. 4 there isn't?
    – John V
    Jan 17 '18 at 9:33
  • Because I missed it :)
    – mplungjan
    Jan 17 '18 at 9:34

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