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    Is "it is that" used correctly in the following examples? (It is supposed to show the reason for something):



    1-"Why didn't he help us?"
    -"It was that he was very tired."


    2-If I don't take you there, it is that my car has broken down.



    3-"He will help you if you ask him."
    -"It is that I don't like him and I don't want his help."

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    It's very strained- it would be far more natural to use a conjunction like 'because', 'as' or 'since'. I can't say it's wrong, and the usage does exist, but it really doesn't work in your examples, IMO.

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    Default Re: it is that/reason

    Quote Originally Posted by FW
    Is "it is that" used correctly in the following examples? (It is supposed to show the reason for something):
    The first one is, I think, the closest to being idiomatic English.


    Quote Originally Posted by FW
    1-"Why didn't he help us?"
    -"It was that he was very tired."
    More likely:

    • A: Why didn't he help us?
      B: He was very tired.


    Or:

    • A: Why didn't he help us?
      B: Because he was very tired.


    Quote Originally Posted by FW
    2-If I don't take you there, it is that my car has broken down.
    More likely:

    • If I don't take you there, it's because my car has broken down.


    Quote Originally Posted by FW
    3-"He will help you if you ask him."
    -"It is that I don't like him and I don't want his help."
    More likely:

    • A: He will help you if you ask him.
      B: " I don't like him, and I don't want his help.


    :)

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