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Hi,

Wondering which one is actually correct:

1) We have checked that the document number is ___ as you have stated earlier.

2) We have checked that the document number is ___ as you stated earlier.
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Hi,

Wondering which one is actually correct:

1) We have checked that the document number is ___ as you have stated earlier.

2) We have checked that the document number is ___ as you stated earlier.

Use #2. The 'earlier' makes it a simple statement of a past fact, so just use Simple Past tense.

Clive
Hi, I am just another guy who also have a question about this post, and here is my question:

If I wrote the answer " had stated", would it be a correction answer? Please tell me the reason.
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Hi,

First, let's look at a couple of simpler examples.

You stated the document number earlier.

You had stated the document number earlier.

Do you know the difference here? If you do, then we can discuss the other sentences. Emotion: smile

Best wishes, Clive
The first one means that you may not have finished the thing that you started.

The second one means that you already finished the thing that you had started.

Is that right?
Hi,

Are you perhaps confusing the word 'stated' with the word' started'?

Clive
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Hoops! I misread it...

Well, I don't know how to make a reason out of the differences of the sentences... and I am now started to think that the second one is wrong, but I really don't know the reasons. However, I have made some reasons for it, but I have no resource show that the reasons are correct..

First reason: We can't use both " had" and "have" in one sentence, because they aren't the same tense.

Second reason: We can't use "had" if the sentence have a specific time such as "earlier" ( Well, I think this one probably wrong, because I have seen some sentences that contained specific time such as last year, yesterday, in 19xx, and so on.

I really got confused about the sentences, could you please help me?
Hi,

Let's first concentrate on the simpler question I asked you, which was this.

Rememner that the word is 'stated', not 'started' as you originally thought.

First, let's look at a couple of simpler examples.

You stated the document number earlier.

You had stated the document number earlier.

Do you know the difference here? I'm asking you because if you don't understand these sentences, then you won't understand thingss in a moment when we look at your original sentences.Emotion: smile

Best wishes, Clive
Hi,

I don't think there is any difference in meaning between those two.

The only difference is that the first one is simple past tense, and the other is past perfect tense...
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