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  1. B45
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    My favorite soccer team just lost in the playoffs. I say to my friend: One of the

    My favorite soccer team just lost in the playoffs.

    I say to my friend:

    One of the reasons why I'm coming home early is/was because I wanted to see them in the next round. Now all is lost.

    Are both okay in the sentence?

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    Re: My favorite soccer team just lost in the playoffs. I say to my friend: One of

    There is no need for "why" after "reason". Because your opening is in the present tense, I would use "is".

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    Re: My favorite soccer team just lost in the playoffs. I say to my friend: One of

    But was wouldn't be wrong?

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    Re: My favorite soccer team just lost in the playoffs. I say to my friend: One of

    For me, it would be wrong.

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    Re: My favorite soccer team just lost in the playoffs. I say to my friend: One of

    but it was one of the reasons why and now that the team has lost it's no longer the reason. That's why I chose the past tense.

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    Re: My favorite soccer team just lost in the playoffs. I say to my friend: One of

    You didn't choose the past tense. You provided both tenses.

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    Re: My favorite soccer team just lost in the playoffs. I say to my friend: One of

    For the past tense, I would start with: One of the reasons I was coming home early was because...

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    Re: My favorite soccer team just lost in the playoffs. I say to my friend: One of

    In the past tense, I would start with "One of the reasons I came home early was ...". I see no need for the continuous.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: My favorite soccer team just lost in the playoffs. I say to my friend: One of

    It works if the process was ongoing.

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