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    The only notice I received in the mail was the email I forwarded to you a couple week

    Talking to an attorney about a infringement case.


    The only notice I received in the mail was the email I forwarded to you a couple weeks back.

    VS

    The only notice I've received in the mail is the email I forwarded to you a couple weeks back.

    Are both okay here?

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    Re: The only notice I received in the mail was the email I forwarded to you a couple

    They both work for me.

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    Re: The only notice I received in the mail was the email I forwarded to you a couple

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    They both work for me.
    Why are there two ways of saying it? What's the difference here?

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    Re: The only notice I received in the mail was the email I forwarded to you a couple

    The difference is in style and in the way that the speaker/writer views the action. We have more than one way to communicate ideas in English.

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    Re: The only notice I received in the mail was the email I forwarded to you a couple

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    The difference is in style and in the way that the speaker/writer views the action. We have more than one way to communicate ideas in English.

    Can you tell me the different ways the speaker views these two sentences?

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    Re: The only notice I received in the mail was the email I forwarded to you a couple

    If the speaker views the action as something that happened and was competed in the past, he will use the simple past. If the speaker views the action as a recent past action that continues to be important in the present, he could use the present perfect. In many cases, there is no substantive difference.

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