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 '16 at 20:49
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    @Andrew I think the OP is asking is it "was" or "is" ? – Mrt Dec 22 '16 at 20:51
  • @Mrt , Aha right I see it now. – Andrew Dec 22 '16 at 20:54
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    I would go for #1. And would replace did with made. – Abbasi Dec 22 '16 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 '16 at 19:58

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.

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  • Thank you for your explanation, Vekzhivi. It does help a lot.👍 – Cheng Shih Ming Dec 23 '16 at 6:11

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