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    signed report

    Are these sentences right?

    We now enclose a report of Mr. Smith dated October 1, 2106 which is unsigned. We will send you a signed report later.

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    Re: signed report

    "a report of​ Mr Smith" is incorrect. Was the report written by Mr Smith or is Mr Smith the subject of the report?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: signed report

    The report was written by Mr. Smith.

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    Re: signed report

    Quote Originally Posted by robin lee View Post
    The report was written by Mr. Smith.
    Write We enclose Mr. Smith's report dated October 1, 2106 which is unsigned. I removed now because it's redundant.
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    Re: signed report

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    We enclose Mr. Smith's report dated October 1, 2106 which is unsigned.
    Does the simple present 'enclose' refer to the moment of writing or after writing?
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    #6

    Re: signed report

    The actual enclosure takes place after the writing, but the report is in the envelope when the letter is sent and when it is received.

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    Re: signed report

    In some contexts like the OP's sentence, the simple present could refer to the immediate future without a future-time marker, right?
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    Re: signed report

    Well, it's in the future at the time of writing, but it's in the present at the time of reading.

    We have a similar situation with someone who writes a note saying "I have gone out. I am at the pub".
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 11-Nov-2016 at 16:00.

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    I see this usage as reflecting the reader's perspective. The present perfect is right for the person who reads your note.
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