I wonder which of these sentences sound more natural to the ears of native English speakers.

I have done/finished/received my education from high school to college in the Netherlands.


I did/finished/received my education from high school to college in the Netherlands.

Assuming I will further talk about my edcuation after, which of the sentence will be a better choice for me to use?

Thank you!


None of the above. Instead we attend or go to school in some location:

I attended high school and college in the Netherlands.

The simple past is normally correct, unless you plan to relate your education to some later event.

I had attended high school and college in the Netherlands, before I moved to Canada to complete my graduate degree.

On completing high school/college/university, you do receive a degree of some kind, and it's this completion which most people talk about in their educational history.

(Edit) Also, as Jason Bassford suggests,

I was educated at ...

is correct, but more formal.

  • Thank you for your reply! I think I heard people saying "I did/have done my education...". Is it considered ungrammatical or usage of another region?
    – MAT
    Oct 4 '18 at 5:34
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    @MAT I would say I was educated at or I received my education from. (Or simply, I went to school at.) I would not say I did my education at. I can't recall that turn of phrase being used by anybody I've listened to either. Oct 4 '18 at 15:21
  • @MAT "I did my education" sounds like a non-native speaker. But I do like Jason Bassford's comment, and will include that in my answer.
    – Andrew
    Oct 4 '18 at 16:54

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