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Miao.L

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Hi, thank you for reading my question.

I want to ask that is it correct to say-
I didn't contact you because of the exam I have been struggling with?
or ...because of the exam that I have been struggling with?

Thank you for teaching .
 

Tullia

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Either is acceptable in conversational Br English.

In formal Br English, you will meet some people who do not like ending sentences with a preposition, so you would be better rephrasing it to avoid that in written work.

Perhaps "I didn't contact you because I have been struggling with an exam." would convey the sense you mean? "I didn't contact you because of the exam with which I have been struggling." would be grammatically correct but sounds very stilted to a native ear.
 
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