told her why we<'ve><'d> been a bit quiet

JJXR

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Hello to all,

Thanks for reading my post.


Source:

Why You Should Never Start a Follow-Up Email With "I Haven't Heard From You"

Sample sentence:

Janine Popick, founder of email marketing firm VerticalResponse, recently shared a story where guilt provoked her to respond. Here's the note she received from a potential partner she had agreed to work with in a previous communication.

Here goes the text of the note in question...

"Whoa! I felt like crap!” Janine wrote of her reaction to the note. “I instantly emailed her back, apologized, and told her why we<'ve><'d> been a bit quiet."

Question:

The present perfect "have been" is used in the original. Is the past perfect "had been" also correct in this case? If so, are both options equally natural?


Thanks a lot for any comments, corrections or suggestions!

Regards,
JJXR
 
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