It was my first time to do something after +

  • graduating from university
  • I graduated from university

Which one is better?

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  • Which one do you think is better? Why? Please answer by editing your question, not as a comment. – virolino Apr 23 at 9:22
  • @virolino I have no idea – troy Apr 23 at 9:24
  • Where did you get these examples from? Real life? An exercise book? – virolino Apr 23 at 9:26
  • Real life, something I want to express. – troy Apr 23 at 9:27
  • From your understanding, what would be the difference between the two? Maybe small difference, maybe big difference. – virolino Apr 23 at 9:32

In the sentence

It was my first time to do something after I graduated from university.

it is very clear that you already graduated.

In the sentence

It was my first time to do something after graduating from university.

the status of graduating is not specified in the verb (graduating). However, thanks to the context, we can understand that you already graduated, that it is not a hypothetical situation.

Compare with:

Graduating from university was my biggest dream.

In this case, it is not sure what happened:

  • I graduated
  • I stopped having dreams
  • both

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