Let's have this situation: Somebody is delivering a speech. In some period of time he is speaking about a particular topic. Then the speech is going on. After just a few minutes he/she is coming back to the topic by saying: As I (have) mentioned just before… Which tense is appropriate to use in such a situation: present perfect or just past simple?

  • Either one. But if it's BrE probably the present perfect. As I (have) just mentioned is a natural word order. – user6951 May 3 '15 at 14:31

There are many better ways to tell that. I'd say...

As I mentioned earlier...

I think the sentence without an auxiliary verb is fine (especially in speeches).

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    or "previously" – mkennedy Mar 4 '15 at 21:59
  • You can also get rid of the pronoun if you like. – Catija May 3 '15 at 18:18

You could also use:

  1. Reiterating my point, ...
  2. As previously mentioned, ...
  3. If you remember from earlier, ...
  4. As brought up before, ...
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  • This answer "looks OK" to me, but it would be really nice of you to provide reasons and/or proofs of why these phrases are appropriate/applicable. – M.A.R. May 3 '15 at 19:05

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