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    Default past perf. cont. tense

    Hello,

    Yesterday, when you called me, I was a little bit busy, I had been trying to repairing my phone until 5:00 pm. Sorry for that.

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    Yesterday, when you called me, I was a little bit busy, I was trying to repairing my phone until 5:00 pm. Sorry for that.

    Which one is better to use? Thanks...
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    Default Re: past perf. cont. tense

    Both are correct, and the choice would depend on whether the speaker wanted to show that the call and the repair work were at different times, (case 1), or whether the speaker wishes to portray them as happening concurrently (case 2).

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    Default Re: past perf. cont. tense

    Thanks... Which one must be used if it depends on whether the speaker wanted to show that the call and the repair work were at different times as you have said.

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    Default Re: past perf. cont. tense

    Quote Originally Posted by ridvann View Post
    Hello,

    Yesterday, when you called me, I was a little bit busy, I had been trying to repairing my phone until 5:00 pm. Sorry for that.

    vs

    Yesterday, when you called me, I was a little bit busy, I was trying to repairing my phone until 5:00 pm. Sorry for that.

    Which one is better to use? Thanks...
    The parts marked in red are incorrect.

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    Default Re: past perf. cont. tense

    Thank you, I hadn't read closely enough.

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    Default Re: past perf. cont. tense

    I couldn't get that...Why? Could you please fix it?

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    Default Re: past perf. cont. tense

    You can't say "to fixing" in that way. It's "trying to fix."

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    Default Re: past perf. cont. tense

    Try holds either to+infinitive or the gerund. It depends on the meaning of your sentence.

    I would say
    I'd been trying to + infinitive in this case.
    Hope it helps

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    Default Re: past perf. cont. tense

    Yesterday, when you called me, I was a little bit busy, I had been trying to repair my phone until 5:00 pm. Sorry for that.

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    Yesterday, when you called me, I was a little bit busy, I was trying to repair my phone until 5:00 pm. Sorry for that.

    Sorry, I wrote it mistake. Could you please check which one is ok? Past perfect con. or past cont. in this case?

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    Default Re: past perf. cont. tense

    Quote Originally Posted by ridvann View Post
    Yesterday, when you called me, I was a little bit busy, I had been trying to repair my phone until 5:00 pm. Sorry for that.

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    Yesterday, when you called me, I was a little bit busy, I was trying to repair my phone until 5:00 pm. Sorry for that.

    Sorry, I made a mistake. Could you please check which one is OK? Past perfect con. or past cont. in this case?
    I wouldn't use the past perfect there. Honestly, I don't find either to be a natural utterance.

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