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    The reason why I cut my hair short was/is because

    Watching a US military documentary about the US military - An Airman says to a friend a few months after returning from Basic training:

    "The reason why I cut my hair short was/is because I'm in the military."

    VS


    "The reason why I cut my hair short was/is because I went to military boot-camp."

    I would choose is in the first sentence and was in the second, because the first sentence he's still in the military, and the second sentence he cut it short because of going to military bootcamp.

    Can someone please confirm my answers? Thank you!

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    Re: The reason why I cut my hair short was/is because

    As with your earlier thread on is/was, both tenses are possible in both sentences.

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    Re: The reason why I cut my hair short was/is because

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    As with your earlier thread on is/was, both tenses are possible in both sentences.

    Dear 5jj, I'm an ESL learner, so, I’m asking you, a moderator and Native in the language, could you elaborate your answer so that I can have a clearer understanding of what you mean by both tenses are possible.

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    Re: The reason why I cut my hair short was/is because

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    As with your earlier thread on is/was, both tenses are possible in both sentences.
    Let me try to figure it out myself then, so is and was are both possible, because the reason could be in the present and past? Is this so?

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    Re: The reason why I cut my hair short was/is because

    Let's start with the first:


    1. The reason I regularly cut (present simple) my hair short is (present simple) because I am (present simple) in the military
    2. The reason I cut (past simple) my hair short last month is (present simple) because I am (present simple) in the military.
    3. The reason I cut (past simple) my hair short last month was (past simple) because I am (present simple) in the military.
    4. The reason I cut (past simple) my hair short last month was (past simple) because I was (past simple) in the military.

    1. I am giving my (regular/present) reason for my regular action
    2. I am explaining my (present reason) for for my past action. I am, at the moment of speaking, still in the military.
    3. I am explaining my reason at the time for my past action. I am, at the moment of speaking, still in the military.
    4. I am explaining my reason at the time for my past action. I was at that time in the military. I may or may not still be in the military.

    Any questions?

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    Re: The reason why I cut my hair short was/is because

    Thank you very much, and your efforts are truly appreciated.
    Last edited by 5jj; 04-Apr-2014 at 20:44. Reason: Unnecessary quote deleted.

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    Re: The reason why I cut my hair short was/is because

    If you really appreciate our efforts, then please do as we have asked you on several occasions and stop posting separate thanks. We have a 'Thank' button so that you can say thank you without registering a new post that will have people coming in to the thread needlessly.

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