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    #1

    Mr Smith claims that they delivered/have delivered...

    Mr Smith claims that they delivered/have delivered 1 chafing dish and 2 highball tumblers to your office among the samples, but they were not returned by your office.

    Can either verb be used? If so, is there any difference in meaning?

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    Re: Mr Smith claims that they delivered/have delivered...

    It's the same verb, but not the same tense.

    I think the simple past is the more appropriate.

    The present perfect places the delivery in the immediate past, and commenting on the non-return of the items seems premature.
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