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    present perfect vs. past simple

    Dear Forum Users,

    Could anyone please explain the difference between:

    1. It's been a while since we last met.
    2. It's been a while since we have met.

    Thank you.

    Csika

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    #2

    Re: present perfect vs. past simple

    Quote Originally Posted by Csika View Post
    Dear Forum Users,

    Could anyone please explain the difference between:

    1. It's been a while since we last met.
    2. It's been a while since we have met.

    Thank you.

    Csika
    There is essentially no difference in meaning.

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    Re: present perfect vs. past simple

    Are they both grammatically correct?

    Csika

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    #4

    Re: present perfect vs. past simple

    Quote Originally Posted by Csika View Post
    Are they both grammatically correct?

    Csika
    Yes.

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    Re: present perfect vs. past simple

    Native speakers won't say
    2. It's been a while since we have met.
    !

    In the negative, it would be correct to use the present perfect,
    e.g., we haven't met for quite a while, or we haven't met before.

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    Re: present perfect vs. past simple

    Quote Originally Posted by txali View Post
    Native speakers won't say 'It's been a while since we have met'.
    Some native speakers do say this.

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    #7

    Re: present perfect vs. past simple

    when I said
    Native speakers won't say 'It's been a while since we have met'
    I was indicating that it would be wrong to use the pres.perfect with the second clause: since we have met.

    We met then, i.e. some time ago; then is disconnected in time from nową.
    It was correct to use the pres.perfect for the first clause since the passage of time—it has been a while—is connected to now.

    If this had not been about a discrete activity (our meeting) but describing a continuous activity over time (until nową), we would have used the pres.perfect,
    e.g. we have worked on this since <whenever>,
    or since we have worked together, we have been on holidays together every year.

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    Re: present perfect vs. past simple

    Quote Originally Posted by txali View Post
    when I said
    Native speakers won't say 'It's been a while since we have met'
    I was indicating that it would be wrong to use the pres.perfect with the second clause: since we have met.
    It is not wrong.

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    Re: present perfect vs. past simple

    For my part, I may well say:

    It's been a while since we met.

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