Your Studies (Page 2) 


“Why did you choose to study that?”

“Because I like computers

“Because I’m very interested in computers

“Because I think computer experts will be in demand in the future

What you like now, or what you’re interested in now and what you think now might not be the same as what you liked, thought or were interested in when you made the decision to study Computer Science 4 years ago!

Other good ways to start are:

“The main reason I chose it was because …”

“The main reason I chose it is because …” (both ‘is’ and ‘was’ are suitable here.)

“The main reason I decided to study it was/is because …”

“There are/were several reasons why I decided on a career in Computer Science. The main/first reason is …”

Notice that these examples use past tense ‘said’ and ‘thought’ because you are talking about the time 4 years ago when you made your decision.

But why use ‘would’? This grammar is the grammar of ‘Reported Speech’ (间接引语). (The textbook, ‘Side by Side’ covers this topic in Book 4.) For example, 4 years ago, your father actually spoke these words: “Computer scientists will be in great demand in the future.” And 4 years ago, you said to yourself, “I think it will have a promising future.” If you can make this kind of sentence, you will impress the examiner.

Here are a few expressions you could use:

“would be in demand”

“would have a promising future”

“would allow me to earn a high salary”

“would be an interesting career”

“would give me opportunities to travel”

“would contribute to China’s development” 

“would benefit society”

“I chose it because I was good at maths and science in high school and I was interested in computers, especially computer games and the internet.”

“I chose it because my father has his own company and I wanted to be able to manage the company in a professional way in the future.” (studying Business Management)

“I decided to study that because my mother is a Chinese teacher and I wanted to follow in her footsteps.” (studying Chinese literature)

“I chose to study that because it seemed like an exciting career.”

“I chose that because I’ve always wanted to help people.” (nursing)

“I chose it because I wanted to enter the business world – I’d like to be a CEO of a big company one day, or have my own company

“I chose that because I wanted to do something ______ for society.” (good, useful, …)

“I chose to study that because I read (past tense, pronounced as ‘red’) that China will need hydrology experts in the future.”

“Well, my teachers and my parents all encouraged me to study that and it seemed like a good idea to me. So, basically, I was just following the advice of others.”


“Do you like it?”

“Yes, I certainly do.”     

“Yes, I do, very much so

“Absolutely!” (Don't overuse this.)


“Yes, I'd have to say I do like it.”

“Not really

“No, not really

“Not exactly

“Well, I like some things about it but I'm not so happy about other aspects. For example, ...”

“I love it

 “I suppose so.” (Not very enthusiastic)

Example: “Yes, I really do because I get to design computer games and playing computer games is my favorite hobby! ”

“I like it (so much) because it's something that I can do well!”

“The main reason (why) I like it is because it allows me to be creative.” (design)

“The best thing about it is that it gives me a feeling that I am developing my mind.”

The three examples above could also be preceded by the words, “I suppose ...” or, “I guess ...”. For example,  “I suppose I like it (so much) because it's something that I can do well!” Using the words, “I suppose ...” or, “I guess ...” shows that you are not really sure exactly why you like it – you guess that this is the reason.

“One of the best things about it is knowing that I will be able to contribute to society in an area where it's really needed.” (alternate fuel research)

“I find it really interesting to learn about how the business world functions.”

“I find it  quite _______” (interesting because ... / stimulating because ... / challenging because ... /satisfying because ...

(In the examples on this page, the words, "... the reason is ...that ..." can be used to replace the words, "... the reason is ...because ...".)