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    Question Recommendation Letter > past tense VS present perfect ?

    how do we make a recommendation letter (RL) for
    a student who has already graduated?

    should we use past tense or present perfect tense?

    for example:

    A> He has consistently attained A or B grades in most of his subjects
    B> He consistently attained A or B grades in most of his subjects

    and

    A> I have taught him in several subjects
    B> I taught him in several subjects

    thanks for your help..
    a SAP lover

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    Re: Recommendation Letter > past tense VS present perfect ?

    Hi, a SAP lover,

    I would use the present perfect if the student has very recently graduated and you are writing a general letter of recommendation for him to show to prospective employers.

    The past tense would be more appropriate if you were asked to provide a reference for a former student applying for a new job some years down the line.



    Rover

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    Re: Recommendation Letter > past tense VS present perfect ?

    hi Rover,
    thanks for your help ;)

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