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    #1

    It has been a while

    Do we say:

    - it has been a while since we met
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    -it has been a while since we have met?
    Last edited by Daniellll; 31-Mar-2010 at 15:20. Reason: typos

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    Re: It has been a while

    The first, because 'we have met' refers to the present meeting. For example 'We have met today to discuss the rail strike.'

    But a lot of speakers just see one perfect and have a kneejerk reaction that makes them carry on with the perfect willy-nilly. So I expect some users would (wrongly, in my view) regard your second sentence as acceptable.

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    Last edited by BobK; 31-Mar-2010 at 23:10.

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    Re: It has been a while

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    The first, because 'we have met' refers to the present meeting. For example 'We have met today to discuss the rail strike.'

    But a lot of speakers just see one perfect and have a kneejerk reaction that make them carry on with the perfect willy-nilly. So I expect some users would (wrongly, in my view) regard your second sentence as acceptable.

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    What is a kneejerk?

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    Re: It has been a while

    Quote Originally Posted by MASM View Post
    What is a kneejerk?
    A reflex - an action that takes place, regardless of whether you want it to, when something triggers it.

    As this article says - Patellar reflex - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - 'The term began to be used figuratively from the early 20th century onwards'.

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    #5

    Re: It has been a while

    Interesting word. Thank you!

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    Re: It has been a while

    You've probably have noticed that I used it as an adjective qualifying the noun 'reaction' and the American source mentioned in that Wikipedia used it as a noun. I don't think it is (yet!) widely used in Br English as a noun. (Always pleased to feed a fellow logoholic's craving! [And don't bother looking that up, because - I think - I just made it up.)

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