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When someone says I'm a Math Major , does that mean she is a student or

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When someone says "I'm a Math Major", does that mean she is a student or...

When someone says "I'm a Math Major" does that mean she is a student or does it mean that she has already graduated? Is there a way to tell or is this an ambiguous term?
 

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Did you seriously create this thread?
 
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..."I was a math major" would indicate she has completed her math major, "I am a math major" would indicate she is currently a student.

Good luck.
 
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Yes, he seriously created this thread! The question is whether or not he created this thread seriously.

Seriously or not, a "math major" is a student majoring in mathematics. A person who has already graduated would say "I majored in mathematics" or "I was a math major".

Of course, the person who says "I was a math major" might have changed majors since or might never have graduated.
 
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OK, thanks. So, what would be a better way to introduce yourself casually in this case if you have already graduated?
 
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You have a degree in math!
 
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OK, thanks. So, what would be a better way to introduce yourself casually in this case if you have already graduated?
Perhaps it is best not to let people know you majored in mathematics!

(Just joking- but I couldn't resist.)
 
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OK, thanks. So, what would be a better way to introduce yourself casually in this case if you have already graduated?
"My name is kaleidoscope and I am a mathematician".

Oh, sorry, you meant how do you introduce yourself OUTSIDE of Mathematicians Anonymous meetings :rolleyes:
 

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