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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    Assistance please

    Hey guys, Is the following correct;
    Kindly assist me with minutes of meetings that you have held recently

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    #2

    Re: Assistance please

    Welcome to the forum.
    Quote Originally Posted by CheruiyotRJ View Post
    Is the following correct?

    Kindly assist me with minutes of meetings that you have held recently.
    With the full stop (period) at the end, it's now grammatical.

    However, it's unclear what you mean by 'assist me'. What sort of assistance do you need?

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    #3

    Re: Assistance please

    Is it an American thing that we'd say "that you held recently" using simple past?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #4

    Re: Assistance please

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Is it an American thing that we'd say "that you held recently" using simple past?
    Would you not say "you have held recently"?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #5

    Re: Assistance please

    I would Boris. I think this may be a difference between AmE and BrE, as Barb_D mentioned.

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    #6

    Re: Assistance please

    Hmm. Actually, the plural "meetings" changed my mind. That suggests a series of ongoing meetings. I first read it as one meeting and was thinking of whenever that "recent" meeting date was as a specific point in time.

    I would say "the meeting you had recently" though.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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