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    #1

    have seen or saw ?

    this was the first occasion on which I have seen her

    or

    this was the first occasion on which I saw her

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    #2

    Re: have seen or saw ?

    First, I would prefer "during which" rather than "on which" but I really can't tell you why I prefer that.

    But to your question of "have seen" or "saw" - the "saw" expression suggests a singular moment in time. "I saw you fall down" - not "I have seen you fall down" - unless of course, the person you saw is habitually drunk and falls down a lot.

    On that one occasion, that specific moment in time, that is the first time you SAW her. You may HAVE SEEN her several times since then.

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