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    joeuconn Guest

    Exclamation Past tense confusion

    Dear Forum Members:

    There is a mistake in the following exchange:

    Person A - "Why didn't you answer the the telephone?"

    Person B - "Because I had a bath."

    I assume that person B should say "Because I was in the bath" or "Because I was taking a bath". Which response is preferable?

    Also, WHY is "Because I had a bath" incorrect?

    Thank You

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    Default Re: Past tense confusion

    hi!!1
    I think "because i had a bath is correct" cuz person A asked in past tense and the person B also had to answer in past.

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    Default Re: Past tense confusion

    Person A - "Why didn't you answer the the telephone?"
    Person B - "Because I had a bath."
    I believe the implication is, What were you doing that you didn't answer the phone? Consider:

    What did you do?
    I had a bath.

    What were you doing? Why didn't you answer the phone?
    I was in the bath?

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