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Is "it is that" used correctly in the following examples? (It is supposed to show the reason for something):



1-"Why didn't he help us?"
-"It was that he was very tired."


2-If I don't take you there, it is that my car has broken down.



3-"He will help you if you ask him."
-"It is that I don't like him and I don't want his help."
 

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It's very strained- it would be far more natural to use a conjunction like 'because', 'as' or 'since'. I can't say it's wrong, and the usage does exist, but it really doesn't work in your examples, IMO. ;-)
 

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FW said:
Is "it is that" used correctly in the following examples? (It is supposed to show the reason for something):

The first one is, I think, the closest to being idiomatic English.


FW said:
1-"Why didn't he help us?"
-"It was that he was very tired."

More likely:

  • A: Why didn't he help us?
    B: He was very tired.

Or:

  • A: Why didn't he help us?
    B: Because he was very tired.

FW said:
2-If I don't take you there, it is that my car has broken down.

More likely:

  • If I don't take you there, it's because my car has broken down.

FW said:
3-"He will help you if you ask him."
-"It is that I don't like him and I don't want his help."

More likely:

  • A: He will help you if you ask him.
    B: " I don't like him, and I don't want his help.

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