Have you met... vs Did you ever meet...

beeonthetree

Member
Russian
Hello beautiful people :)

I have a question about a common phrase in American English. I'd be grateful if you could help me out :)

Here's a dialog :

- Hey, John! Have you met Kate?
- I don't think so.
- This is Kate, my neighbor. And that’s John, my co-worker and good buddy.

Can I change "Have you met Kate?" for "Did you ever meet Kate?" in spoken American English?

Thank you!
 
  • The Newt

    Senior Member
    English - US
    This would be a reasonable thing to ask if you are asking a general question about things that somebody did in the past.
    [...]
    It is if you want to know if your listener has met Kate and knows her now.
    Agreed. "Did you ever ...?" sounds like Kate is dead (or otherwise out of the picture).
     

    BLUEGLAZE

    Senior Member
    English - USA
    Did you ever meet X when you were in Hollywood?
    You traveled there and it was a possibilitly.
    But I want to introduce someone to you and I'm not sure
    whether you have met before or not. Then, "Have you met Kate?"
    This is very common at a party or gathering when people meet
    several other people and now you are introducing this person but
    not sure whether they had already met.
    Did you meet Kate (née Middleton) when you were in England?
     

    beeonthetree

    Member
    Russian
    Did you ever meet X when you were in Hollywood?
    You traveled there and it was a possibilitly.
    But I want to introduce someone to you and I'm not sure
    whether you have met before or not. Then, "Have you met Kate?"
    This is very common at a party or gathering when people meet
    several other people and now you are introducing this person but
    not sure whether they had already met.
    Did you meet Kate (née Middleton) when you were in England?
    Got it! Thanks so much for your thorough explanation! :)
     
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