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    third time I am writing

    Can one say
    a. This is the third time I have written to you.
    b. This is the third time I am writing to you.

    c. This is the third time I have been here.
    d. This is the third time I am here.
    ?

    Does changing the tense change the meaning?

    Many thanks.

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    Re: third time I am writing

    In mainstream English a. and c. are correct, and b. and d. are not. But b. and d. are commonly heard in Indian English.

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