...to receive a certificate on finishing the course?

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RafaelX

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Polish
I am trying to improve one of my friend's papers. She has made lots of mistakes that's why it is a really hard task. But I should get to the point. I've just found myself wondering about the use of the preposition "on" in the sentence: Is it possible to receive a certificate on finishing the course?

I think I've seen and heard it used like that. I mean, one can also say: "Is it possible to receive a certificate after one finishes the course?", but is the version with "on" valid as well? Can anyone comment on this, please?
 
  • bibliolept

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    AE, Español
    The original phrasing is perfectly acceptable, as is your other version. You can use "upon." Native AE speakers might also say "receive a certificate after finishing the course?"
     
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