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Sorry for the late reply, I was away for the weekend, I saw you had already placed another order so I owe you the extra 7€ you've spent for the shipping, let me know if you want a refund

Could have I written spent instead of have spent, spent because the spending of money was in the past even if the money paid correspond to the money due now

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    Instead of you've spent, it would be more natural to go for you paid. Firstly because "pay" is a more common verb for such contexts, and secondly because there's no need to use Present Perfect (so as usual, you should naturally incline towards Simple Past). Jul 5, 2016 at 17:57

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You can definitely write spent instead of have spent. In fact, I'd even say that it sounds more natural that way.

(You also need to separate sentences from one another- as written, you have a run-on sentence.)

Sorry for the late reply, I was away for the weekend. I saw you had already placed another order, so I owe you the extra 7€ you spent on the shipping. Let me know if you want a refund.

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  • Can we omit the "you" from "you spent" ?
    – Cardinal
    Jul 5, 2016 at 17:17
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    If you do, you end up with a grammatical sentence that has the right meaning, but I wouldn't say or write it that way. Using passive participles like that is for more formal writing, which would sound stilted or pretentious here.
    – user8399
    Jul 5, 2016 at 19:58
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Could have I written spent instead of have spent, spent because the spending of money was in the past even if the money paid correspond to the money due now?

Yes.

These two clauses "...so I owe you the extra 7 (pounds?) | (that) you have spent for shipping..."

In the first clause "owe" is present tense, and you want to express an earlier action, which means in the next clause use past tense: spent.

"...so I owe you the extra 7 (pounds?) (that) you spent for shipping..."

With the way you have it using the Present Perfect tense, you are showing an action that started or making a statement about something that started in the past and continues up to now, which isn't true. It was an action that started and ended before now: Past Tense. [the action is the payment for shipping, of course]

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