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    I got a birthday cake for my friend because I missed her birthday party. I'm holding

    I got a birthday cake for my friend because I missed her birthday party. I'm holding the cake while talking to my sister:

    That's why I got her a/the cake because I missed her party.

    Are both okay? Is there a difference?

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    Re: I got a birthday cake for my friend because I missed her birthday party. I'm hol

    Yes, both are OK. No, there is no difference in meaning. You could also say "this cake" if, as you say, you are holding it.

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    Re: I got a birthday cake for my friend because I missed her birthday party. I'm hol

    Quote Originally Posted by Batman45 View Post

    That's why I got her a/the cake because I missed her party.
    I think there's something wrong with the sentence above.
    What's the reason that you got her a/the/this cake?

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    Re: I got a birthday cake for my friend because I missed her birthday party. I'm hol

    The speaker (the OP) had missed her party, so he got her a cake as a belated birthday present, IMO.

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    Re: I got a birthday cake for my friend because I missed her birthday party. I'm hol

    Yes, I thought of that too, but what do you think about the sentence?
    I don't think the 'because I missed her party' part is necessary.

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    Re: I got a birthday cake for my friend because I missed her birthday party. I'm hol

    If the person being addressed doesn't know the reason, I think 'That's why' can be omitted.
    If the person being addressed already knows the reason, I think 'because I missed her party' can be omitted.

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    Re: I got a birthday cake for my friend because I missed her birthday party. I'm hol

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Yes, I thought of that too, but what do you think about the sentence?
    I don't think the 'because I missed her party' part is necessary.
    Perhaps he wouldn't have got the cake if he had not missed the party.

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