[Grammar] Recommendation Letter > past tense VS present perfect ?

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asaplover

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how do we make a recommendation letter (RL) for
a student who has already graduated?

should we use past tense or present perfect tense?

for example:

A> He has consistently attained A or B grades in most of his subjects
B> He consistently attained A or B grades in most of his subjects

and

A> I have taught him in several subjects
B> I taught him in several subjects

thanks for your help..
a SAP lover
 

Rover_KE

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Hi, a SAP lover,

I would use the present perfect if the student has very recently graduated and you are writing a general letter of recommendation for him to show to prospective employers.

The past tense would be more appropriate if you were asked to provide a reference for a former student applying for a new job some years down the line.



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asaplover

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hi Rover,
thanks for your help ;)
 
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