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Gaining the diploma

Posted by Bruce Kahl on June 20, 2004

In Reply to: Gaining the diploma posted by abe on June 20, 2004

: I cam across this sentence written by a German engineer: "Soon I went to the Technical University of Berlin, where I studied mechanical engineering gaining the diploma in june 1999."

: Is 'gaining the diploma' an artifact of translation or is the phrase used in English.

Sounds like "an artifact of translation" (I like that phrase).
Usually, at least here in the NE part of the US of A, you would hear "I earned my degree...".