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Which one is grammatical?

Note that we have previously discussed about this.

or

Noted that we have previously discussed about this.

Note to Myself: First one is correct (by StoneyB)

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  • It's unclear. There are four sentences. Which ones you are asking? As a set or all individually?
    – Maulik V
    Mar 15, 2014 at 11:37
  • @MaulikV to make it clear I delete two of them
    – william007
    Mar 15, 2014 at 11:38

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Note that we have previously discussed this.

Here note is a finite verb in the imperative: the subject is always understood to be you. You call upon the reader to observe that the matter has already been discussed.

Noted that we have previously discussed this.

Noted may be understood as either a finite past-tense form or a non-finite past participle. In both cases, the sentence is defective:

  • If noted is a finite verb, the sentence is missing its subject—who observed that we have already discussed this?

  • If noted is a non-finite past participle there is neither a subject nor the finite verb which a sentence requires. This can only be treated as some sort of subordinate clause. But the clause cannot be employed as an adjectival past participle modifying some other sentence consituent, because such a constituent has to be the object of the non-finite verb, and you have already supplied that object: that we have previously discussed this.

    In fact, this usage can only be construed as a fragmentary comment (perhaps written in the margin?), not as either a sentence or a part of a sentence. It is not something which can properly appear in formal discourse.

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  • So using "note that" would be grammatically correct, but "noted that" is not, in this case?
    – william007
    Mar 16, 2014 at 8:19
  • @william007 Right. You can say I/you/he/she/it/they noted that ... * or *It has been noted that ..., but bare noted that ... is just, well, a note to yourself. Mar 16, 2014 at 12:55
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First, the word discuss includes about so no need to repeat it! You discuss the project, you don't discuss about the project.

Now, which one is correct. Both mean different.

"Note that we have previously discussed this." - you are telling someone to note that the discussion has happened.

"Noted that we have previously discussed this." - you are taking a note (in affirmation) that yes, it has been discussed earlier.

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  • RE: You discuss the project, you don't discuss about the project. That's true, although it might be worth mentioning that you can have a discussion about the project.
    – J.R.
    Mar 15, 2014 at 21:40

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