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    Question Is this sentence right or wrong?

    Hello everyone,

    I had the best privilege I had ever had of meeting Ahmed last year.

    What's your opinion? and why?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Is this sentence right or wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by saloom2 View Post
    Hello everyone,

    I had the best privilege I had ever had of meeting Ahmed last year.

    What's your opinion? and why? I have never met Ahmed. So, I really don't have an opinion. However, if you are asking about the sentence grammar/structure it's OK, but "of" could be replaced simply with a comma.

    Thanks in advance.
    b.

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    Re: Is this sentence right or wrong?

    haha! Thanks, but I would like to know how to use the comma instead of "of"?

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    Re: Is this sentence right or wrong?

    Meeting Ahmed last year was the greatest privilege I've ever had.

    This avoids the awkward "I had... I had ever had" structure.

    Unless something changed to give you an ever greater experience afterwards, you don't want "I had ever had" - you want "I have ever had."
    Last edited by Tdol; 25-Jan-2013 at 16:34. Reason: Typo
    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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    Re: Is this sentence right or wrong?

    How about:

    It was a great privilege to meet Ahmed last year.

    That sounds more natural and less sycophantic to me.

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