I received the parcel this morning, I was a bit surprised when I opened it that you did not include a flexi with the LP because I told you in my answer to your last email that I preferred a flexi to a discount code . After reading the message included in the parcel I understood that my answer had not been sent and was still in my draft folder.

LP means 33 rpm vinyl record andflexi 45 rpm very thin vinyl record

I am not sure about the tense of these verbs:

"Did not include" seems good to me as it happened after I opened the parcel.

"Told" and "preferred" also seem good to me because the time it is happening is today so the only past. No need for past perfect here, I think, but I am not sure.

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Yes, you did use the right tenses, but using the past perfect might emphasize your message a bit more. You could instead say: "I told you in my answer to your last email that I had preferred a flexi to a discount code" It emphasizes that the preference was already established before the communication in the past.


I think you should use past perfect for "...had told..." because you are explaining what you thought after opening the parcel. The rest are acceptable. "...preferred..." should remain in past simple because you are then explaining what you said in your answer.

I hope this helps!

  • would it be better to use had not included because it happened before opening . Why "told" does not match , the sequence of events is clear because I wrote that my answer was done after your last email and it seems obvious that this email was written before the parcel was sent
    – yves
    Dec 10, 2023 at 4:05

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