I think that you need to give us some context. I see nothing wrong with "When I replied to Mr. Green, I attached the document to my letter." I also see nothing at all odd about a sentence that read "I do not know if you had a chance to read the document I attached to my last letter." What is the sentence that you think is "wrong" because it uses the simple past instead of the present perfect?Hi,
My boss says he was told by an American that he could use I attached the document and I keep correcting him saying it's I have attached the document. I'm sure I'm right, what do you think?
"I have attached document xx..." sounds more formal to me than "I attached document xx...".Sorry the start this thread again but I've been wondering about this for quite some time! I heard also heard that AE speakers often prefer to use the simple past even if there is some kind of connection to the present. -Like I lost my key-(-> I don't have it anymore) and so on. But still when ever I got an e-mail from Americans and they didn't just write down: "please find attached document xx for your records" they wrote "I've attached document xx for your records" but never "I attached document xx for your records" are both possible in AE and do they use present perfect to be more formal or is simple past also wrong in AE?
In this case, it is not a matter of right or wrong. Since both usage of tenses are grammatically correct. It then boils down to how each sentence aptly describes your situation.Hi,
My boss says he was told by an american that he could use I attached the document and I keep correcting him saying its I have attached the document. I'm sure I'm write, what do you think?