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I have just called my friend on her cell but I couldn't reach her. Now I want to write her to inform her about it. Would you please tell me which one is correct?

" I have called you 3 times but I couldn't reach you.

Or

" I called you 3 times but I couldn't reach you."

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Past simple or present perfect for the number of times of doing something.

I have just called my friend on her cell**,** but I couldn't reach her. Now I want to write her to inform her about it. Would you please tell me which one is correct?

" I have called you three times**,** but I couldn't reach you.

Or

" I called you three times**,** but I couldn't reach you."

COMMENTS:

The past perfect is better, but the simple past is fine. You can also say "I've called . . . ."

Since you didn't actually reach her, it would be more exact to say, "I've tried calling . . . ." or "I tried calling . . ."

NOTE:

Use commas to connect the clauses of compound sentences.

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    PS - Re "the number of times doing something": The number of times you called doesn't make any difference. Mar 27, 2020 at 15:20
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    Why is the past perfect "better"? Mar 27, 2020 at 16:42
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If we consider to use present perfect for unfinished time and the calls were all made on the same day you're speaking, then present perfect would be better:

I have called you 3 times, but I couldn't reach you.

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