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which one is grammatically correct and why
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1)
I wrote a book when I was in USA
I had written a book when I was in USA

2)
postman bought  a letter.   It was given to your mother.
postman  bought a letter.It has been given to your mother.
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Rob HensonFinance Analyst

Commented:
Both are correct but dependent on context.

I would however use "in the USA"
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@Rob,  I didn't get your 2nd line in comment,  Kindly explain

Question has added with one more sentences .. appreciate if you can reply that too..
Rob HensonFinance Analyst

Commented:
"I wrote a book when I was in USA"

would be better as

"I wrote a book while I was in the USA"

By context I mean that it depends on the rest of the text with it. If its just a statement of fact then the sentence above will be OK; if its the start of an explanation for a series of events then the second option might be better with the amendment "while I was in the USA".

The second statement you have used the wrong word. Bought is the past tense of buy; it should be brought, the past tense of bring. The second half of that sentence, both are correct.

The postman brought a letter. It was given to your mother.
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mac_gAdmin - Middleware Servers

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sorry ..I miss spelled  the word "Brought"

you mean, second sentence also correct  - "postman brought a letter.It has been given to your mother."
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Yes, the second sentence is also correct but seems a bit lengthy although it is only one word longer.

By the way, whilst on the subject, misspelled (US English) or misspelt (UK English) is only one word.
Rob HensonFinance Analyst
Commented:
Strange coincidence that where I am in southern UK the word "brought" is often used incorrectly for the word "bought".
Rob HensonFinance Analyst
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You can combine the two statements into one sentence:

The postman brought a letter which was given to your mother.

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The postman delivered a letter to your mother.    If the mother got the letter from the drop herself.  

The postman delivered a letter, I gave it to your mother.   If you (or someone)  got the letter and gave it to her.

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