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    #1

    the tense preference

    When we want to end a conversation in a nice way or top off a social event we may say

    1)"It's been a pleasure talking to you"

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    2)"It was a pleasure talking to you."

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    3)"It's been nice seeing you."

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    4)"It was nice seeing you."


    What would be the prefrence in such phrases the past simple or present perfect?

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    Re: the tense preference

    Hi,

    To some extent it depends on the formality of the occasion. But in general I'd stick with no 1.

    No 2 is probably OK but from a strictly literal point of view the fact that it 'was' a pleasure could be implied to mean that no longer is it a pleasure to have talked to you.

    3 & 4 are concerned with seeing not talking and hence from a literal point of view don't really fit. 'Nice' is also a sort of wishy washy sort word when you can think of nothing better to say.

    Rgds

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    Re: the tense preference

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard1 View Post
    Hi,

    To some extent it depends on the formality of the occasion. But in general I'd stick with no 1.

    No 2 is probably OK but from a strictly literal point of view the fact that it 'was' a pleasure could be implied to mean that no longer is it a pleasure to have talked to you.

    3 & 4 are concerned with seeing not talking and hence from a literal point of view don't really fit. 'Nice' is also a sort of wishy washy sort word when you can think of nothing better to say.

    Rgds
    But when we reply to "It's been a pleasure...." we say "it was all mine" or "so was mine." Correct?

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    Re: the tense preference

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    But when we reply to "It's been a pleasure...." we say "it was all mine" or "so was mine." Correct?
    Of the two "it was all mine" is correct.

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    Re: the tense preference

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Of the two "it was all mine" is correct.
    The reason why we use the past simple in the answer is that we refer to the time when the first senetnce was first said?

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