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hatgray

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What is the difference between:

1. I have been trying to reach you but you aren’t answering.

2. I have been trying to reach you but you weren’t answering

Thanks. Appreciate the reply.
 
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tedmc

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I think No.2 using the past continuous tense is correct.
Obviously one cannot be saying that at the same time speaking on the phone as the present tense suggests.
 

Raymott

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"I have been trying to reach you but you aren’t answering" makes sense in the context of, "Therefore I have sent you this letter."
 
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