If someone made the same mistake two times . And I found out after a few days. I should say:

(1) It was the second time you did it, so I won't forgive you this time


(2) It is the second time you did it, so I won't forgive you this time

  • Basically, you're asking if you need "the" in front of "second time"? In most cases an article is required before nouns in English. Whether you use "the" or something else depends on context. In this case "the" is required.
    – Andrew
    Dec 22, 2016 at 20:49
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    @Andrew I think the OP is asking is it "was" or "is" ?
    – Mrt
    Dec 22, 2016 at 20:51
  • @Mrt , Aha right I see it now.
    – Andrew
    Dec 22, 2016 at 20:54
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    I would go for #1. And would replace did with made.
    – Abbasi
    Dec 22, 2016 at 22:06
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    I'd say; "that is the second time you've done that, so I won't forgive you" it still has the implication that it was done in the past, but that I've found out just now
    – J_mie6
    Dec 29, 2016 at 19:58

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Both can be correct, but there is a slight difference in nuance. Using was is correct, since the second time WAS in the past.

However, if you can imagine the speaker in the present mentally reviewing a series of mistakes, then is becomes more appropriate. Using is, I think, from personal experience, is more of a reprimand and can imply that there is a series of mistakes going on here.

Also, use of is agrees with this, which implies present tense.

I would use present tense.

N.B. Usually we say twice in English, instead of two times.

  • Thank you for your explanation, Vekzhivi. It does help a lot.👍 Dec 23, 2016 at 6:11

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