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Hi everybody!

Hope all is well with you!

I need your help regarding an email that I have recently sent to my supervisor who is a well-known scientist.

Please read my supervisor’s email and my answer below and let me know if I have made any mistakes. Also please answer the following questions if possible.

1) Can “You are welcome and Please don’t mention it” be used together?

(I know that both of them are used in response to “thank you” but I have done this for more emphasis, is that wrong?)

2) “like it” or “liked it” and why?

3) “that is just” or “that was just” and why?

Number 2 and 3 seem to be very silly questions but I am having doubts about the answers. (In my opinion, both past and present tense can make sense in this situation regardless of style-related issues. What do you make of this?)

His email:

Hi Alex,

I wanted to thank you again for your present. My wife too loves it. We have already hanged it. Many thanks again.

My answer:

Dear Prof. Smith

You are welcome. Please don’t mention it. I am very happy that you and Mrs. Smith like it. That is just a little present for a great scientist!

Best regards,

Alex

Thank you so much in advance for your time and help

Best wishes,

Alex
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Alex,

Your email is very polite. The only change I would make is to put a comma after Prof. Smith.
extremedeveloper1) Can “You are welcome and Please don’t mention it” be used together?
(I know that both of them are used in response to “thank you” but I have done this for more emphasis, is that wrong?)
2) “like it” or “liked it” and why?
3) “that is just” or “that was just” and why?
1) Yes, it can seem a bit "over the top" though.
2) They still are looking at it and enjoying it. If your gift was a box of chocolates, and they ate them already, then the past form would be called for.
e.g. (a) I'm glad you like the calligraphic scroll. (They hung it in their living room and still enjoy it.)
(b) I'm glad you liked the chocolates. (They ate them!)

3) Either one can be used. "Is" implies "for all time." It would be a token of appreciation no matter if it were given in the present, past or future. "Was" implies the one single time of gifting in the past.
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Dear AlpheccaStars,

Thank you so much for your help and for the wonderful comments!

Best regards,

Alex