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    "is" or "was"

    Hi, can somebody tell which of the following sentences is correct?

    A.) I didn't give you a call is because I was too rush.
    B.) I didn't give you a call was because I was too rush.

    Thanks in advance! :)

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    Re: "is" or "was"

    Quote Originally Posted by Lim Choon Yen View Post
    Hi, can somebody tell which of the following sentences is correct?

    B.) The reason I didn't give you a call was because I was too rushed.

    Thanks in advance! :)



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    Re: "is" or "was"

    I must disagree with the advice above.
    You can use "the reason" or you can use "because" but to use both is redundant.

    With the change to "rushed" (as lotus says above), the version with "was" is fine.
    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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    #4

    Re: "is" or "was"

    I didn't give you a call because I was too rushed.

    That works. But it no longer uses the first "is" or "was" in the original sentence.


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    Last edited by lotus888; 13-May-2014 at 18:36.

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    #5

    Re: "is" or "was"

    Quote Originally Posted by lotus888 View Post
    I didn't give you a call because I was too rushed.
    This is superior to the original, don't you think?

    But you are quite right - it loses the "was" from the original. I was not looking carefully at all to miss the bold!
    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: "is" or "was"

    Yes, brevity is most certainly superior.


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    Last edited by lotus888; 13-May-2014 at 19:11.

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    Re: "is" or "was"

    Quote Originally Posted by lotus888 View Post
    I didn't give you a call because I was too rushed.

    That works. But it no longer uses the first "is" or "was" in the original sentence.


    --lotus
    Which is good, because it is incorrect with either verb there.

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    Re: "is" or "was"

    Do the sentences come to "The reason I didn't give you a call was I was too rushed." and "I didn't give you a call was because I was too rushed."?

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    #9

    Re: "is" or "was"

    Quote Originally Posted by Lim Choon Yen View Post
    Do the sentences come to "The reason I didn't give you a call was [that] I was too rushed." and "I didn't give you a call was because I was too rushed."?
    No, they come to the above two corrected sentences.

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