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  1. Miao.L's Avatar
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    #1

    Noun Clause

    Hi, thank you for reading my question.

    I want to ask that is it correct to say-
    I didn't contact you because of the exam I have been struggling with?
    or ...because of the exam that I have been struggling with?

    Thank you for teaching .

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    Re: Noun Clause

    Either is acceptable in conversational Br English.

    In formal Br English, you will meet some people who do not like ending sentences with a preposition, so you would be better rephrasing it to avoid that in written work.

    Perhaps "I didn't contact you because I have been struggling with an exam." would convey the sense you mean? "I didn't contact you because of the exam with which I have been struggling." would be grammatically correct but sounds very stilted to a native ear.

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