And that is because she's had a baby. Or

And that is because she had a baby.

Which is correct and why?

Thanks!
Hi,

And that is because she's had a baby. Or

And that is because she had a baby.

Which is correct and why? I wouldn't say that Simple Past is wrong. However, the 'is' makes the focus seem to be on the present situation, so the Present Perfect is probably the best choice.

Clive
CliveHi, And that is because she's had a baby. Or And that is because she had a baby. Which is correct and why? I wouldn't say that Simple Past is wrong. However, the 'is' makes the focus seem to be on the present situation, so the Present Perfect is probably the best choice. Clive
But, isn't the 's really from has rather than is? This is why I try to avoid the written contraction with has.
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Hi Philip,

I was referring to the 'is' in the phrase 'And that is because . . . '

Clive
That makes sense!! Sorry for misunderstanding.