Confusing Words English Lesson: Using Enter

Michael Happy English! 6 Comments

Sometimes translating from one language to another results in unnatural sounding language. Have a look at the following sentence:

  • I entered my company in 2005.

This sentence isn’t natural in English. Today, I’m going to show you why.

We use enter when we talk about going into a place, like, “I entered the coffee shop.” Enter can also be used when we talk about starting school:

  • Jack entered graduate school when he was 41 years old.
  • I plan to enter medical school next September.

In a similar way, you can enter a race or competition:

  • I entered the New York City marathon last year.
  • Jenny wants to enter the cake baking contest.

And of course everyone is familiar with enter when used in computers:

  • Once a week we enter the data into the accounting program.
  • You need to enter your user name and password to access that page.

When it comes to work, however, we normally use start / begin working instead of enter.

  • I started working in my company in 2005. Not, I entered my company…
  • Jerry began working at the bank after he graduated.

When did you start working at your company? Leave a comment here and let me know.



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Thanks for studying today!

  • narin

    thanks alot

    • http://blog.myhappyenglish.com Michael

      I’m glad you like it

  • http://javiervallestero.blogspot.com.es Francisco Javier

    Spanish speakers don’t make that mistake but thanks for the lesson anyway!

  • Jane

    I started working in my company 1year ago
    ( I know this site through one friend. It is a very helpful one for English-learning persons as me. Thanks for your help
    I don’t have much time to study but I will try to spend time on the subway with your lessons everyday )

    • http://blog.myhappyenglish.com Michael

      Hi Jane. Great example sentence. What do you do in your company?

  • hoangdx

    Thanks so much your lesson. I have even used “enter” when I said the time start working in my company.
    I started working in my company 4 years ago. My company is one of big construction companies in VietNam.