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    hi.what is the difference between see and meet?
    nice to see you.
    nice to meet you.

    thanks alot

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    Re: see vs meet

    Quote Originally Posted by adullstudent View Post
    hi.what is the difference between see and meet?
    nice to see you.
    nice to meet you.
    thanks alot
    Sometimes, not a lot. It depends on context - meet is often reserved for a first meeting:

    Nice to meet you at last - we've been exchangng mail for years.

    (but in that context, see would be OK too - if you stressed it:

    Nice to see you - we've been talking to each other on the phone for years, but it's nice to be able to put a face to the name at last.

    But fancy seeing you here, fancy meeting you here, (or fancy bumping into you here for that matter) are more-or-less equivalent.

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    Re: see vs meet

    Quote Originally Posted by adullstudent View Post
    hi.what is the difference between see and meet?
    nice to see you.
    nice to meet you.

    thanks alot
    Usually, "nice to meet you" is only said after the initial encounter. After future encounters one often says "nice to see you (again)".

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