Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    Winwin2011 is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    1,070

    ... is/was my fault

    The train starts at 10am. I arrived at the train station at 10.05. Then the train has gone. Which of the following sentence is natural if I say sorry to my friend?

    1. It is my fault we missed the train.
    2. It was my fault we missed the train

    Thanks.



    Last edited by Winwin2011; 21-Feb-2013 at 20:06.

  2. #2
    SoothingDave is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    13,583

    Re: ... is/was my fault

    The first, at that moment. Later on, telling the tale, you would probably use the past tense.

  3. #3
    CalvinLai is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Canada
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Posts
    6

    Re: ... is/was my fault

    Hi winwin2011,

    Let's say you were telling the story to your friend at 2pm that afternoon, you would say something like this:

    "The train left at 10:05. I got there too late and it was gone before I arrived. It WAS my fault."

    Let's say you didn't wait until 2 pm to tell your friend the story, and you called him right away at 10:05, you would say something like this:

    "The train already left. It is my fault. I am sorry."

    BUT, that's not to say you can't use the 'It is my fault' at 2pm.

    Let's say you are confessing to your friend at 2pm.

    "If I didn't stop by the coffee shop, I would have made the train. If I didn't forget my keys, I would have made the train. And now because I missed the train, you couldn't pick up your daughter from school. I am sorry. It IS all my fault."

    You can use both and how you use it is up to you.

    Hope that's clear.
    Calvin
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 21-Feb-2013 at 23:35. Reason: Changing :) to a full stop.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •