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    Phrasing a sentence

    Hi, I am struggling to phrase this sentence. Which sentence is most natural and easiest to understand? The top sentence came to my mind first and I know that you can use all three versions, but is there one that is 'most' correct.

    "You completed the minimum required."
    "You completed the required minimum."
    "You completed the minimum requirements."

    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: Phrasing a sentence

    Any of those with "You have completed ..." would do. They don't sound right in the tense you've chosen, assuming that the context is straightforward.

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    Re: Phrasing a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by minek View Post
    came to my mind
    Should 'my' be omitted?

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    Re: Phrasing a sentence

    It's not wrong. "Came to mind" is the idiom.

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    Re: Phrasing a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Any of those with "You have completed ..." would do. They don't sound right in the tense you've chosen, assuming that the context is straightforward.
    I've chosen the past tense (you completed) because they did it a while ago. Is it not correct? Thank you.

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    Re: Phrasing a sentence

    I have no problem with the simple past.

    Did I complete enough tasks?
    Yes. You completed the minimum required.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Phrasing a sentence

    Yes, as a response to a certain question, you'd expect a certain reply.
    "Have I completed the minimum requirements?"
    "Yes, you have."

    "Did I complete the minimum requirements?"
    "Yes you did."

    I think the most likely context in which this statement would be made is where someone is unsure of whether they have completed the minumum requirements. Of course, the original is not wrong. But the question was "Which is most correct?". I believe that, in most contexts, the version with the present perfect would be most correct.

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