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rhoad21
Philippines

please help me
 

I am just confused with the structure of a cause and effect sentneces.

Ex: I am mad because you are singing.
I am mad becuase you sung my hated song.
I am mad because you sing it.
 
which of those is correct.
 
is the rule for present causes it needs present effects. for past past too.

12 May 2010      



yanogator
United States

There can be various combinations, depending on when the anger occurs (or occurred) and when the singing happens (or happened). Also, the past of "sing" is "sang".
 
I am mad because you are singing.
I am mad because you sang the song I hated. (not "my hated song")
I am mad because you were singing.
I was mad because you sang the song I hated.
I was mad because you were singing.
I am mad because you sing it every day.
I am mad because you sang it every day.
I am mad because you sang it while I was talking on the telephone.
 
So, the simple answer is "no." Present effects can come from present or past causes. Of course, past effects can come only from past causes.
 
I hope this is helpful, and not confusing,
Bruce

12 May 2010