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    #1

    tenses II

    Hi,

    could you please check the tenses in the following sentence:

    The materials shall be returned after the company informed/has informed that the work was/has been/had been accepted and that no defects were/have been/had been discovered.

    Thanks a lot!

    Haka


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    #2

    Re: tenses II

    The materials shall be returned after the company has been informed that the work has been accepted and that no defects were found.


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    #3

    Re: tenses II

    actually, it should be "has informed". It is the company who informs.

    But why do you use "present perfect" and "simple past". Shouldn´t the same tenses be used? Either "present perfect" or "simple past" in both cases?

    Thanks a lot!


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    #4

    Re: tenses II

    "Confirmed" or "notified" would be better than "informed", and there really should be an object for it [the name of the company who is the other party to the agreement].


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    #5

    Re: tenses II

    Sorry-I thought it was the company which had done the work.

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