Context: I was about to send you a "grammatical stuff", and that's when it hit me: "She's already studying a lot of things." That's why I've just deleted the message above.

Can I use present perfect here, or should I use simple past?

Thanks in advance.

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    Either one will work. Especially in email, where the ordinary writing rules don't apply. Email is much more like speaking and very informal. – John Lawler Aug 8 '19 at 15:59
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    Are you asking about British English, Indian English, American English or some other variant? The answer will vary. Please edit your question and add the right tag. – Andrew Leach Aug 8 '19 at 16:05
  • Thanks a lot, John Lawler and Andrew Leach. I'm asking about American English. It was an informal talking on WhatsApp. – Wesley Leonardo Aug 8 '19 at 16:07
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    You’re far more likely to say “have just done” in BrE and “just did” in AmE. I actually did some research on this at some point... – Richard Z Aug 8 '19 at 16:17
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    What do you mean? If you, in the recent past, deleted the message then it's best expressed as "I've". If you saw the message and chose to ignore it then "I" will work, though you probably should use a different wording to avoid ambiguity. – Hot Licks Aug 9 '19 at 2:22

Both are correct.But the Britishers say I have just deleted the message while The Americans say I just deleted the message Even in India we say I have just deleted the message because we follow the British more than the Americans while writing formally In competitive Exams we strictly follow the British English

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    I regret to inform you that this pondian matter is not at all so locked in as you would allege here. – tchrist Aug 9 '19 at 1:32
  • @tchrist.don't you agree that the British use present perfect and the Americans simple past when just is used an adverb? – successive suspension Aug 9 '19 at 1:49
  • That's correct. I do not agree, and I have just said as much. – tchrist Aug 9 '19 at 3:17

Both work. If you want it more formal though I would use the second one you mentioned " I just deleted the message".

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