I <have> met him twice

JJJenifer

Senior Member
Taiwan/Chinese
Dear all,

The following conversation happened yesterday evening, in a yoga lesson.
I'm wondering here, which one from B and B' fits this situation..

A: My husband asked me to greet you.
B: Oh! Actually I met him twice at work.
B': Oh! Actually I have met him twice at work.

Thank you in advance.
Jennifer
 
  • JJJenifer

    Senior Member
    Taiwan/Chinese
    Thank you, owlman5.

    If "this morning", and "today" were added as below, would B' still fit?
    Actually B is my husband's suppervisor so B and my husband meet every day.
    But since my husband asked me to greet her, I just followed.

    A: My husband asked me to greet you this morning.
    B: Oh! Actually I met him twice at work today.
    B': Oh! Actually I have met him twice at work today.

    Thank you for your patience.
    Jennifer
     

    owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    You're welcome.

    If "this morning", and "today" were added as below, would B' still fit?
    I think it is somewhat less likely or suitable if you want to be so specific about the times that occurred recently when you saw this man.

    I would be inclined to use "saw" rather than "met" in this conversation: Oh! Actually I saw him twice at work today. If your meetings with him weren't specifically planned occasions, then saw seems more appropriate to me in a reference to some casual encounters at work.
     
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    JJJenifer

    Senior Member
    Taiwan/Chinese
    Thank you very much, owlman5,
    I've understood it.

    Yes, you are right.
    I felt strange too. I just tried to keep my promise.. :)
     
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