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Query 1: Should I use a comma (,) or a bracket for the text that I highlighted in bold?

I note that in your 2019 profit and loss statement, the cost of the car is $15,000 which differs from you have advised, $20,000.

Query 2: Also, in the above context, is it better to use present or past in your view and whether it has the same meaning?

So, it becomes, I noted that in your 2019 profit and loss statement, the cost of the car was $15,000 which differed from you advised, $20,000.

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@Tony C posted:

Query 1: Should I use a comma (,) or a bracket for the text that I highlighted in bold?

I note that in your 2019 profit and loss statement, the cost of the car is $15,000 which differs from you have advised, $20,000.

Query 2: Also, in the above context, is it better to use present or past in your view and whether it has the same meaning?

Hello, Tony—You can use either the present or the past tense ("note" or "noted"), with basically the same meaning, and it does not matter whether you use a comma before the dollar figure or put brackets or parentheses around it.

What should bother you is that your sentence is ungrammatical. You cannot say, "which differs from you advised." You should put a comma after $15,000, to render the "which"-clause nonrestrictive, and revise the clause as follows:

  • I note that, in your 2019 profit-and-loss statement, the cost of the car is $15,000, which differs from $15,000, the amount you have reported.
Last edited by Gustavo, Co-Moderator

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