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Which one is the right usage?

I have completed my Midyear appraisal on May 20, 2018

or

I had completed my Midyear appraisal on May 20, 2018

  • Neither is really right, without more context. Completing the appraisal was a single event that happened in the past, so the simple past is most appropriate. – stangdon Aug 9 '18 at 18:49
  • We don't use the present perfect when the time-phrase in the clause specifies a time in the past, like a date, or with words like yesterday, or phrases like when I was a child or back then. The time phrase cannot exclude the present when the present perfect is used. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Aug 9 '18 at 19:17
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I had completed my mid-year appraisal on May 20th, 2018.

or simply,

I completed my mid-year appraisal on May 20th, 2018.

would be correct!

"Had" is past tense, so if the current date is after May 20th, 2018, use "had."

Use "have" if you completed it in the past, but you aren't mentioning the date of completion.

Ex) "I have completed my mid-year appraisal."

  • They're both grammatically correct, but "I had completed it on May 20th" sounds weird with no context, because it's using the past perfect for no apparent reason. I would only use that if I was telling a story set in, say, June, but I needed to emphasize that at that time in the past, the appraisal had already been done. – stangdon Aug 9 '18 at 18:48

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