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Let's say you got only an hour to finish your work. Then, that hour is now finished, but you feel that there is something you didn't do. Few minutes after that, you see that you have really missed a part of your work, and you say:

''So that explains why I felt that there is something I didn't do huh.''

Or is this more correct:

''So that explains why I've been feeling that there is something I didn't do huh.''

This is a common expression that will benefit ESLs also. Is there better/correct expression for this?

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So that explains why I felt that there is something I didn't do huh.

The verb tenses are not consistent: felt (past), is (present), didn't (past).

Here is one alternative: felt (past), was (past), hadn't (past perfect)

So that explains why I felt like there was something which I hadn't done.

Next,

So that explains why I've been feeling that there is something I didn't do huh.''

The tenses are: have been feeling (present perfect progressive tense), is (present), didn't (past).

The "present perfect progressive" is a bit complex to analyze grammatically in this context, but if that's the preferred tense then perhaps switching "didn't do" to "haven't done" yields a small improvement:

So that explains why I've been feeling like there is something which I haven't done (yet).


Another article mentions different ways to phrase it:

Would a "nagging feeling" or "lingering doubt" suit your purpose?

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