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    Smile I am very tired now. I was.....

    Hi everyone If someone asks me 'are you tired', can I reply him 'yes, I'm very tired. I was doing my homework'

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    Re: I am very tired now. I was.....

    "I was doing my home work." puts the 'doing' in the past, but a rather indefinite past. Were you doing your homework immediately before the question was asked, as the question is being asked, or at some time much earlier? The homework is not definitely connected with the tiredness. I recommend: 'Yes, I'm very tired. I have been doing my homework.'


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    Re: I am very tired now. I was.....

    Quote Originally Posted by J&K Tutoring View Post
    "I was doing my home work." puts the 'doing' in the past, but a rather indefinite past. Were you doing your homework immediately before the question was asked, as the question is being asked, or at some time much earlier? The homework is not definitely connected with the tiredness. I recommend: 'Yes, I'm very tired. I have been doing my homework.'

    Thank you! What you wrote above is actually what my grammar book says. But if I reply in past continuous tense, will I be wrong?

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    Re: I am very tired now. I was.....

    Quote Originally Posted by subhajit123 View Post
    Thank you! What you wrote above is actually what my grammar book says. But if I reply in past continuous tense, will I be wrong?
    It would be a non sequitur - a statement which doesn't follow from the previous statement.

    If doing your homework is what made you tired, you should use the present perfect continuous as your grammar book suggests.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 10-Aug-2017 at 14:52. Reason: Correct the name of the tense.
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    Re: I am very tired now. I was.....

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    It would be a non sequitur - a statement which doesn't follow from the previous statement.

    If doing your homework is what made you tired, you should use the present perfect as your grammar book suggests.
    Now it's clear.

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    Re: I am very tired now. I was.....

    Quote Originally Posted by subhajit123 View Post
    Now it's clear.
    I made a mistake. The tense I referred to is the present perfect ​continuous.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: I am very tired now. I was.....

    Quote Originally Posted by subhajit123 View Post
    But if I reply in past continuous tense, will I be wrong?
    I wouldn't say so.

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    Re: I am very tired now. I was.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I wouldn't say so.
    Thanks, So can I use past continuous tense?

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    Re: I am very tired now. I was.....

    You could, but it is very common to use the present perfect continuous when there is present evidence (tiredness) of recent activity (doing homework). I wouldn't say that the past is wrong, but I would be more likely to use have been doing.

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    Re: I am very tired now. I was.....

    It doesn't seem weird to me. This may be another example of the American usage being more accepting of simple past as well as present perfect.

    I was [just] doing my homework.
    Or course "I was up doing my homework until 1 am" is a different story and a reasonable explanation for why you are tired.
    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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