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    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...
    Last edited by ridvann; 06-Feb-2012 at 16:52.

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    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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    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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    #4

    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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    #5

    Re: past perf. cont. tense

    Thank you, I hadn't read closely enough.

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    #6

    Re: past perf. cont. tense

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

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    #7

    Re: past perf. cont. tense

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

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    #8

    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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    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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    #10

    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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