I saw you before vs. I have seen you before.

yang3220

Member
Chinese
Two people meet in a party.
And one of them feels that he met another one before.

Can he say 'I saw you before.' or '
I have seen you before.'?
Which one is more natural?

Thanks a lot.
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    The present perfect sounds a little more natural to me in that situation: I have seen you before. That tense in that sentence implies that what happened in the past (the "seeing" of the other person) affects the present somehow. That implication is normal in the situation you have described.
     
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