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    #1

    still waiting ?

    Teacher, is this sentence OK?

    I have been trying to call you many times but there was no answer and your phone has no voice mail. Therefore, I figured the only way to contact you is by email.

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    Re: still waiting ?

    It's okay. What does the thread title have to do with your question?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: still waiting ?

    Quote Originally Posted by thomas615 View Post
    Teacher, is this sentence OK?

    I have been trying to call you many times but there was no answer and your phone has no voice mail. Therefore, I figured the only way to contact you is by email.
    Hi Thomas,

    I think that if you use the present perfect continuous (I have been trying) it means that you are still trying, so instead of

    using "there was no answer" it would be better saying "there is no answer".

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    #4

    Re: still waiting ?

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunaBC View Post
    I think that if you use the present perfect continuous (I have been trying) it means that you are still trying, so instead of using "there was no answer" it would be better saying "there is no answer".
    No. The present perfect continuous does not necesarily suggest that the speaker is still trying. "There was no answer"is fine - the speaker is saying that there was no answer on every occasion that s/he called. "There is no answer" is possible, but not better.

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