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    meet a sentence

    Twice (and once from an English teacher) in a short amount of time I "met" the following construct reading posts:

    "I met a sentence today."

    Is this another BrE vs. AmE thing? I can't imagine any AmE speaker "meeting" a sentence, unless it was in a Lewis Caroll book.

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    #2

    Re: meet a sentence

    It's not BrE to me- I would expect to meet sentences in Lewis Carroll, but come across them elsewhere.

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    #3

    Re: meet a sentence

    BrE speakers don't customarily meet sentences, either, Bob.

    Was the said English teacher a native speaker?

    Perhaps they are using met in the sense of encountered.

    Rover

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    Re: meet a sentence

    I've seen "I've met" in many, many posts from English learners over the past several years. I've always assumed that it was either a false friend or just a bad translation of "encountered" or "came across."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #5

    Re: meet a sentence

    I would never use it with "a sentence" but I have read/heard/seen (and probably used) things like "You will meet this usage ...",

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