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    #1

    writing you

    "He might have lost your address and that's why he's not writing you."

    OR

    "He might have lost your address and that's why he doesn't write you."

    Which one is better?

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    #2

    Re: writing you

    ...and that's why he hasn't written you. <better>

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    #3

    Re: writing you

    Quote Originally Posted by lauralie2 View Post
    ...and that's why he hasn't written you. <better>
    Or in BrE "...written to you".

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    #4

    Re: writing you

    Quote Originally Posted by lauralie2 View Post
    ...and that's why he hasn't written you. <better>
    "You are not answering your cell. I've been trying to reach you."

    How about this one?

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    #5

    Re: writing you

    ***neither a teacher nor a native-speaker***

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "You are not answering your cell. I've been trying to reach you."

    How about this one?

    You haven't been answering your phone. I've tried to reach you.
    and better;
    I've tried to reach you but you haven't been answering your phone.

    This is what I'd say but you'd better wait for a confirmation from a native-speaker.

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    #6

    Re: writing you

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    ***neither a teacher nor a native-speaker***




    You haven't been answering your phone. I've tried to reach you.
    and better;
    I've tried to reach you but you haven't been answering your phone.

    This is what I'd say but you'd better wait for a confirmation from a native-speaker.
    Superb!

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    #7

    Re: writing you

    Quote Originally Posted by lauralie2 View Post
    Superb!
    "You are not answering your cell. I've been trying to reach you."
    This one is from an American series "Terriers". It's about two private investigators and takes place in California. It's not proper grammar? We should not mix the Present Progressive Tense with the Present Perfect Progressive?

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    #8

    Re: writing you

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "You are not answering your cell. I've been trying to reach you."
    This one is from an American series "Terriers". It's about two private investigators and takes place in California. It's not proper grammar? We should not mix the Present Progressive Tense with the Present Perfect Progressive?
    It sounds natural to me if he is leaving a message or talking to the person on another line. If the speaker finally reached the person on his cell phone though, it would be strange because "You are not answering your cell" suggests that he has still not answered his cell phone.
    Last edited by Munch; 19-Oct-2010 at 00:38.

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    #9

    Re: writing you

    "Cell" sounds strange to me. In AusE, we call it a "mobile".
    Does anyone remember when we used to carry around "trannies" or "transistors"?

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    #10

    Re: writing you

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "Cell" sounds strange to me. In AusE, we call it a "mobile".
    Does anyone remember when we used to carry around "trannies" or "transistors"?
    Yes, cell phone is not Australian. I must spend more time with Americans than you, I didn't even think to mention that!

    My dad still calls "the radio", "the wireless".

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