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    Post "You make the same mistake as you did last time"

    Hi all,
    I made up a dialogue myself and some problems revealed are baffling me. The dialogue is as follows:


    Mary: I broke up with him.He is just a lier.
    Mary's homegirl:You make the same mistake as you did last time. I told you he isn't reliable.But you never listened.


    My questions:
    1. "as you did the last time" or "as you did last time". Which one is correct and natural ?
    2. Is it OK if I say "you make the same mistake as last time" ?
    3. "I told you he isn't " or "he wasn't" ? I'm wondering which tense I should apply here.


    Thanks a lot and any corrections to my mistakes in this thread are welcomed ! =)

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    Re: "You make the same mistake as you did last time"

    Welcome to the forum, toutoublue.

    Are you really a Chilean whose native language is Chinese and who now livesin France? If not, please amend your profile.
    Quote Originally Posted by toutoublue View Post
    Mary: I broke up with him.He is just a lier liar.
    Mary's homegirl:You make the same mistake as you did last time. I told you he isn't reliable.But you never listened.
    My questions:

    1. "as you did the last time" or "as you did last time". Which one is correct and natural ? - ... as you did/made last time. 'The' is not incorrect, but I think the sentence is more natural without it.
    2. Is it OK if I say "you make the same mistake as last time" ? No - 'You are making ...' or 'You have made ...'
    3. "I told you he isn't " or "he wasn't" ? I'm wondering which tense I should apply here. Both are possible, but 'wasn't' is more likely.

    ps. What's a 'homegirl'?

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    Re: "You make the same mistake as you did last time"

    Thank you very much 5jj.

    So according to your reply, I can also say "You're making the same mistake as last time" and "You've made the same mistake as last time" with leaving out "you did" ?

    Why I can't use "You make" in this case while "You make" works in "You make the same mistake as you did last time".

    What if I replace "as" with "like" here ? I mean, "You are making the same mistake like last time" ?

    Thank you in advance.

    PS: I learned "homegirl" in a Miley Cyrus's song. I suppose it means a good female friend to the end from whom we conceal nothing.

    PS: I made a mistake: My home country is China. I chose Chile by error.I am now living in Paris. J'habite éventuellement à Paris.
    Last edited by toutoublue; 30-Oct-2013 at 14:10.

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