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    #1

    After the incident, Tim excused himself

    Hello.

    Are the following sentences grammatically correct?

    "After the incident, Tim excused himself telling that he needed to went to the bathroom."

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: After the incident, Tim excused himself

    There is only one sentence and it's not grammatically correct.

    I think you know enough English to improve it yourself.

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    #3

    Re: After the incident, Tim excused himself

    Look up to tell. Is that the right verb?
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    #4

    Re: After the incident, Tim excused himself

    "After the incident, Tim excused himself explaining that he needed to went to the bathroom."

    Is the sentence grammatically correct?

    Thanks.

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    #5

    Re: After the incident, Tim excused himself

    Have you learned about the to-infinitive?
    http://www.grammaring.com/to-infinit...d-require-want
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    Re: After the incident, Tim excused himself

    Quote Originally Posted by Nikitus View Post
    "After the incident, Tim excused himself explaining that he needed to went to the bathroom."

    Is the sentence grammatically correct?
    "Explaining" is a good choice of verbs there. (You could also say "saying", which is the direct replacement of "telling" in this case.)

    You still have a problem in the second part of the sentence.

    This is a bit more advanced, but there should be a comma after "himself".
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    Re: After the incident, Tim excused himself

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    but there should be a comma after "himself".
    I wonder whether the following is true in this case.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    but in many uses, commas are a matter of individual preference.
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    #8

    Re: After the incident, Tim excused himself

    No. There should be a comma after 'himself'.

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    Re: After the incident, Tim excused himself

    Is this because 'excuse oneself' is an idiom?
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    #10

    Re: After the incident, Tim excused himself

    It doesn't have to do with the idiom.

    As a side note, we tend not to say "I have to use the bathroom." We do not broadcast our need to use the toilet.
    We tend to say "Excuse me. Be back in a moment."
    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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