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    It's not really lying.
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    (Original post by W. A. Mozart)
    There really is nothing wrong with that statement.

    "I have been a competitive tennis player for four years" - it already implies past tense, so you're pretty much fine to phrase it in that way.
    Have implies present tense.

    'I have been playing tennis for 4 years.'

    If have isn't present tense, then what is?

    OP should say 'I played tennis competitively over 4 years.'


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    As PQ said, it doesn't add anything. And remember that even if you're not going to have interviews, your reference could contradict it. It's not worth it
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    (Original post by *Interrobang*)
    As PQ said, it doesn't add anything. And remember that even if you're not going to have interviews, your reference could contradict it. It's not worth it
    How would my reference do that?


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    (Original post by Don Joiner)
    How would my reference do that?


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    Well your referee may talk about your extra curricular activities, and if it doesn't mention tennis but your PS does, that may raise eyebrows (for example if it was true, your reference may say something like 'John is able to maintain his AAAB grades, despite doing tennis training 5 times a week and competing 4 times a year'). Regardless, it's not going to add anything and it's not worth the risk if you are found out (competitive results may well be published online, if they choose to look)
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    If I was a tutor reading that, I would assume that you still play tennis, and if you then told me that you no longer play, I would feel that you had misled me. Technically, the sentence is correct and truthful, but you've already seen that in practicality, it seems a bit dishonest when you read it back. The person checking it might feel the same way, so I don't think you should risk it.

    When you're writing your personal statement, you shouldn't be thinking 'How can I look as great as possible'. You should be thinking 'How can I convey who I am'. The reader wants to see your character, and your knowingly misleading them like that(even if it's 'technically' not lying) does not show good character.

    Also, you should consider whether it's even relevant regardless, unless you can put it into some kind of context that shows that you possess some strong personal qualities. You might be able to claim that playing tennis helped you to develop your teamworking skills, but that might be pushing it a bit. Personally, unless you're doing a sports-related course, I would just leave it out entirely.
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    Tbh they dont even check, i went into engineering and i wrote that as a young child i used to take apart cars and was interested in seeing inside them...didnt even get an interview or anything....
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    (Original post by ikhan94)
    Tbh they dont even check, i went into engineering and i wrote that as a young child i used to take apart cars and was interested in seeing inside them...didnt even get an interview or anything....
    Different courses and different universities use PSs differently. If you're lucky then none of your choices will look at your PS in detail. Just because you were lucky doesn't mean it is good advice for other applicants to lie on their PS.

    Often when a PS becomes MOST important is when A level results come through - if too many applicants have missed their offer by the same amount then usually the PS will be used to decide which near miss applicants to accept and which to reject.
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    (Original post by Abstract_Prism)
    Have implies present tense.

    'I have been playing tennis for 4 years.'

    If have isn't present tense, then what is?

    OP should say 'I played tennis competitively over 4 years.'


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    I believe the technical term is "present perfect" and it implies you still do it.

    The suggestion above is good, or you could say "I was a competitive player for 4 years", implying you are no longer.

    But it's no biggie really.
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    (Original post by PQ)
    Different courses and different universities use PSs differently. If you're lucky then none of your choices will look at your PS in detail. Just because you were lucky doesn't mean it is good advice for other applicants to lie on their PS.

    Often when a PS becomes MOST important is when A level results come through - if too many applicants have missed their offer by the same amount then usually the PS will be used to decide which near miss applicants to accept and which to reject.
    ahh ok thanks, i guess some unversities are more strict then others
 
 
 
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