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    Rewriting

    Would it be correct if I rewrite this sentence ' I haven't met James for 3 years' as:

    'I last met James 3 years ago'
    'The last time I met James was 3 year ago'
    'It's 3 years since I last met James'

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    Re: Rewriting

    All are a problem. You meet someone once, and after that, you have met them.
    If you want to do this as "see" then:

    I haven't seen James in three years.
    I last saw James three years ago.
    It's been three years since I last saw James.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Rewriting

    Is there a difference if I say 'it's 3 years since...' instead of 'it's been 3 years since..'?

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    Re: Rewriting

    In my opinion, "It's three years" is not grammatical. You need "It's been."
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    Re: Rewriting

    You could say "I haven't met up with James for three years" or "It's been three years since I [last] met up with James".

    "To meet up" is not the same as "to meet" in this context.

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    Re: Rewriting

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    In my opinion, "It's three years" is not grammatical. You need "It's been."
    I get the point about the grammar, but it sounds OK to me and I must confess that I use it.

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