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CONTEXT:

John is my friend. I'm in his house right now (we've been talking for about 20 minutes). My other friend calls me and asks me: "Where are you?" I say: "I'm in John's house at the moment." Then he says: "Why are you there?" I reply to him with one of the sentences below.

SENTENCES:

  1. I hadn't seen him for a long time, so I decided to pay him a visit. That's why I'm here in his house.

  2. I haven't seen him for a long time, so I have decided to pay him a visit. That's why I'm here in his house.

QUESTION:

Which of the above sentences should be used in the context given? I'm wondering about the tenses in bold.

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    Hello, and welcome to the ELL. Please explain what you think would be correct and why do you have doubts. Otherwise it will look like a homework question, and this site does not provide such service.
    – fev
    Jan 28, 2021 at 12:52

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Either form might be used. Either would be natural and might be used by a fluent speaker, and both would be easily understood by a fluent speaker.

Form 1 emphasizes the past moment when the decision to visit John was made. Form 2 emphasizes the (past but recent) decision and the current visit as parts of a single process. Even that difference is a nuance, and either might be used with little or no intention of variation of meaning.

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