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    hi,

    Here's my question. Which tense is more appropriate in this spoken sentences?

    1. i was calling you, but you didn't not respond.
    2. i was calling you, but you was not responding.
    3 i called you, but you didn't respond.

    thanks

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    Default Re: spoken grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by sebayanpendam View Post
    hi,

    Here's my question. Which tense is more appropriate in this spoken sentences?

    1. i was calling you, but you didn't not respond.
    2. i was calling you, but you was were not responding.
    3 i called you, but you didn't respond.

    thanks
    If you called once, and they failed to respond once, you use the simple past because both events are a discrete event in the past.
    If you were calling occasionally over a period of time, and the person failed to respond each time, you'd use the progressive tense.

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    Default Re: spoken grammar

    I have a question

    What's the difference between

    "I was calling you, but you didn't not respond" and "I called you, but you didn't respond".

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    Quote Originally Posted by maaram View Post
    I have a question

    What's the difference between

    "I was calling you, but you didn't not respond" and "I called you, but you didn't respond".
    If you were calling occasionally over a period of time, you'd use the progressive tense.
    If you called once, you'd use the simple past because the event is a discrete event in the past.

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    Default Re: spoken grammar

    ... but you didn't not respond -- This is not correct unless you mean he DID respond with the deliberate use of the double negative.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    ... but you didn't not respond -- This is not correct unless you mean he DID respond with the deliberate use of the double negative.
    I missed that.

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    Default Re: spoken grammar

    It's just a typo, I think, :)

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