Hi friends. Just a few records – but some big news J The DIÄT record release show w/ Merchandise has been amazing! Thank you all for coming! Tonight we will celebrate.....

Could you explain me why present perfect for this event the"record release show" as it took place 2 days ago , it was 26th august and I received the email 28th august. is it because he thanks people for coming now(effect on present) that present perfect is justified?

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    Who wrote the email? This appears to be a German event, and in German the present perfect is a perfective, the equivalent of an English simple past. In the expression Thanks for VERBing the -ing form is a gerund, without either tense or aspect: it may be used with propriety for a perfected past event. Aug 28, 2015 at 17:12
  • @StoneyB: Are you suggesting the grammar nazis will come gunning for me if I say The amount of rain that fell in August has been amazing! on September 1st? It seems a perfectly reasonable usage to me, provided the amazing event(s) were quite recent, and continue to amaze. Aug 28, 2015 at 18:03
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    @FumbleFingers That's a repetitive eventuality: it was amazing throughout a timespan which continues to the present. But a single event?Even if last night's party still amazes me I'm not gonna say "The party's been amazing." Aug 28, 2015 at 18:25
  • @StoneyB: There's a fine line somewhere in there. What about The donations at last night's Policeman's Ball have been amazing? Does it matter if the speaker is actually the treasurer - still opening envelopes stuffed full of donations, and being constantly amazed? (Or maybe it matters whether the ball is in aid of secret police as opposed to grammar police! :) Aug 28, 2015 at 18:36
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    @FumbleFingers Lessee how finely we can split this hair: I'd expect that to come out as the donations from last night's Policeman's Ball, and I'd have no problem at all with that. Aug 28, 2015 at 18:51

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You read the e-mail two days after the show took place. Somebody might read it 1 day after, somebody - a week, etc. There is no definite time of the event mentioned in the text, so there is no need to use Past Indefinite.

Your assessment is correct that as of the time of writing that e-mail, the "now", it did not matter when the event took place, what mattered is its outcome, its evaluation as "amazing".

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