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    Tense (Present perfect with other tenses)

    Hi,

    Is it correct to write:

    1. I have checked my bike and noticed that the head light is not working.

    2. I have checked my phone and noticed that I missed a call.

    3. I have checked my radio and noticed that it has been repaired.

    Thanks,
    Debaraj


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    Re: Tense (Present perfect with other tenses)

    As I ponder the meanings of the different tenses and the fact that a sentence must be consistent in tense, I think I would do the following:
    1. I checked
    2. I checked, had missed
    3. I checked, had been


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    Re: Tense (Present perfect with other tenses)

    Yes, the sentences are grammatically correct; but note, you have given the 'spoken' abreviated version: what is implied is:
    I have checked my bike and I have noticed that...

    However, the tenses imply a context, as if the person is reporting back or speaking to someone. For examples:

    1. I have checked my bike and noticed that the head light is not working.
    A complaint:
    I picked up my bike from being serviced by your shop. I have (just) checked my bike and noticed that the head light is not working. I....

    2. I have checked my phone and noticed that I missed a call.
    To his secretary:
    I have checked my phone and noticed that I missed a call. Could you ....

    As well, this seems more spoken American English to me, where they do not use contractions, which always strikes me as having a laboured quality about their speech. In England, we would say:
    "I've just checked"

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