No, I received his last email about 12 days ago. He said that he had not forgotten me and was trying to find some other stuff.

the second sentence is reported speech:the direct speech was "I did not forget you and I am trying to find some stuff "

Do you think the tenses are well chosen? I am not sure for the first one; may be to backshift was not necessary because at the time of reporting it was still true . But the first action of not forgetting began a long time before before the trying so, it is better to maintain the time relation between these 2 actions and to choose past perfect

  • That's fine. It suggests that he is still looking. If he had disappeared or been killed in the interim, you might say had been trying to find... but this is most unlikely. Commented Oct 30, 2020 at 15:09
  • [choose, chose, chosen=verb; choice=a noun//maybe backshifing etc..]
    – Lambie
    Commented Nov 1, 2020 at 15:23

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Do you think the tenses have been properly chosen?

Yes. It does look correct. This is a good application of past perfect.

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