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    #1

    present perfect tense or past simple

    please i have sent this email to my client and i wanna you to check my grammar:

    Dear ...,
    kindly be informed that the admin query was raised yesterday and it has been closed today directly after you sent the amended files and the package has been approved as well.
    thanks for your cooperation


    Dear teacher i need your help as i am not sure of saying "has been closed today directly after" and "has been approved"
    thank you

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    #2

    Re: present perfect tense or past simple

    I'd go with the Past Simple.

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    #3

    Re: present perfect tense or past simple

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    I'd go with the Past Simple.
    so you mean that : has been closed today directly after..... is not correct

    as it should be : the query closed today directly after you sent the amended files ?

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    #4

    Re: present perfect tense or past simple

    I think you might want to ask a native speaker for some help. A combination of tenses could be used here. Most of the time we need to word the whole thing the right way in order to prevent ambiguity.

    ... was closed right after you sent ...

    ... was approved (after the files were sent)

    ... has been approved (the day is not over yet -> the current result is that something HAS BEEN approved)

    I'm not sure if native speakers want to weigh in on this, since they may not like the way the material has been presented.

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    Re: present perfect tense or past simple

    Quote Originally Posted by nadami View Post
    please I have sent this email to my client and I wanna would like you to check my grammar.

    Dear ...,
    Kindly be informed that the admin query was raised yesterday and it has been closed today, directly after you sent the amended files. and The package has been approved as well.
    Thanks for your cooperation.


    Dear teacher, I need your help as because I am not sure of about saying "has been closed today directly after" and "has been approved".
    Thank you.
    Quote Originally Posted by nadami View Post
    Do you mean that "has been closed today directly after" is not correct?
    as it Should it be "the query closed today directly after you sent the amended files"?
    Please see my corrections to your posts. You need to practice using correct capitalisation and punctuation.

    I find "it has been closed today, directly after you sent the amended files" quite satisfactory.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: present perfect tense or past simple

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Please see my corrections to your posts. You need to practice using correct capitalisation and punctuation.

    I find "it has been closed today, directly after you sent the amended files" quite satisfactory.

    Thank you

    Do you mean by "quite satisfactory" that it is bad ? "Please re-write the correct sentence for me"

    Lately I have read that I should use the present perfect tense in business emails instead of past simple, is that right?

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    Re: present perfect tense or past simple

    You should use the present perfect only when it is appropriate.

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    Re: present perfect tense or past simple

    Have you looked up the words "quite" and "satisfactory"? What was it about the definitions that made you think it means "bad"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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