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  1. Newbie
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    Meeting Minutes writing

    Please advise what tense should be used in meeting minutes writing.
    I review the past record of meeting minutes, they always use “past prefect tense”.
    I understand that the minutes recorded the things occurring in past. But why it use “past prefect tense’ rather than “simple past tense”?

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    Re: Meeting Minutes writing

    I would find the past perfect unnatural. I would use the simple past.

    XXX said that he would arrange a meeting with YYY. Mr P agreed that a meeting was necessary.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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