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    Question I lost contact or i lose contact

    Which is grammatically correct? I lost contact with her or i lose contact with her? Thanks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeanie View Post
    Which is grammatically correct? I lost contact with her or i lose contact with her? Thanks...
    Try to say like this: I have lost contact with him.

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    It will depend on your context.

    I lose contact with her when I go shopping.

    I lost contact with her because she left the country.

    It is so sad. I have lost contact with her.

    I had lost contact with her a long time ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    It will depend on your context.

    I lose contact with her when I go shopping.

    I lost contact with her because she left the country.

    It is so sad. I have lost contact with her.

    I had lost contact with her a long time ago.
    I can't agree with your last sentence. Maybe, it'll be better to say like this:
    I had lost contact with her before she left the country.

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    What don't you like, Harry?

    "When was your last contact with Josie?"
    "Oh, I had lost contact with her a long time ago. She was always a bit remote."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    What don't you like, Harry?

    "When was your last contact with Josie?"
    "Oh, I had lost contact with her a long time ago. She was always a bit remote."

    "When was your last contact with Josie?"
    'Oh, I lost contact with her a long time ago. ......
    Or "Oh I had lost contact with her before long.

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    Default Re: I lost contact or i lose contact

    I still do not see your problem with "Had lost something a long time ago".

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    Default Re: I lost contact or i lose contact

    Originally Posted by Harry
    "Oh I had lost contact with her before long.
    What's wrong with you Harry?
    Your sentence is completely wrong, it means:
    "Oh I had lost contact with her soon." That doesn't make any sense.
    (before long = soon).
    Soon never comes with the past or past perfect.
    If you want to learn, be a flexible learner. "We learn from the cradle to the grave".
    By the way, Anglika's sentences are correct.


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    Default Re: I lost contact or i lose contact

    Aamrym, may I suggest that there are more gentle ways to point out your disagreement than with the words you have chosen?

    While I disagree with Harry that there is anything wrong with Angika's sentence, I do support that "I had lost contact with her before long" as a correct sentence as well. It means "Before much time has passed, I had lost contact with her."

    To use soon, you'd use it like this: I had soon lost contact with her. It would need to fit into a running narrative.

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