"I wanted to invite my friend but I haven't been able to contact him."


"I wanted to invite my friend but I wasn't able to contact him."

Which of the two sentences are correct? Pls let me know ASAP.


Both can be correct, depending on what you are trying to convey.

Present perfect conveys a sense of a recent action that has carried on till now. In your example, you are saying, "As of now, I have not been able to contact him," meaning you tried until now.

Past conveys a completion in the past. "I wasn't able to contact him," means you tried, maybe yesterday, or 5 mins ago, but not up until now. Your trying is long done.

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