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    Hello there.

    A: (Have you seen) Julie recently?
    B: Yes, I met her a few days ago.


    Any difference between "seen" and "met"?
    Can I replace "seen" with "met" in this situation?


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    Re: see vs meet

    Quote Originally Posted by gchman View Post
    Hello there.

    A: (Have you seen) Julie recently?
    B: Yes, I met her a few days ago.


    Any difference between "seen" and "met"?
    Can I replace "seen" with "met" in this situation?
    "Have you seen Julie recently?" implies that you have known her for quite some time.

    "I met her a few days ago" implies that you had never encountered (met) her until that exact moment.

    So the only form of B. that makes sense is,
    "Yes, I saw her a few days ago."

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    Re: see vs meet

    Quote Originally Posted by kfredson View Post
    "Have you seen Julie recently?" implies that you have known her for quite some time.

    "I met her a few days ago" implies that you had never encountered (met) her until that exact moment.
    I don't agree. Meeting someone can be a recurring event.
    We meet every Thursday morning.
    We have met almost every Thursday for the last seven years.

    ("meet")("met") and ("see")("saw") can have different meanings; meeting someone is more involved than just seeing them.

    So the only form of B. that makes sense is,
    "Yes, I saw her a few days ago.". I don't agree.

    Have you seen Julie recently?
    Yes, I met her a few days ago. (I didn't just see her; I met her.)
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