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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