Tense (Present perfect with other tenses)

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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.

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linsuman

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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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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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