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Business Writing Tips: How to use ‘send’ and ‘sent’

Confused on using ‘send’ and ‘sent’?

Many of us have faced this problem. We get confused whether to use ‘send’ or ‘sent’ in a sentence.

We have a quick fix to solve this problem. And that is the use of ‘dispatch’ and ‘dispatched’ in the place of ‘send’ and ‘sent’.

Whenever you have a doubt on whether to use ‘send’ or ‘sent’, replace the word with ‘dispatch’ and ‘dispatched’ and try making the sentence.

If you would use ‘dispatch’ then the word to be used is ‘send’. If you would use the word ‘dispatched’ then the word to be used is ‘sent’.

Let’s see an example to make things clear.

If you are in doubt on “I will send/sent the reply now”, try making the sentence using dispatch.

Will you write, “I will dispatch the reply now” or “I will dispatched the reply now”?

You will write, “I will dispatch the reply now”, isn’t it? So, the correct word to use there is ‘send’.

Now take another example.

If you are in doubt on “I have already send/sent the reply”, try making the sentence using dispatch.

Will you write, “I have already dispatch the reply” or “I have already dispatched the reply”?

You will write, “I have already dispatched the reply”, isn’t it? So, the correct word to use there is ‘sent’.

Hope this has helped you in solving the problem.

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