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    meet someone at a party

    1-I met John at a party last week.

    Does this mean:
    a-I was introduced to him.
    b-I talked to him for the first time. I knew him but had not talked to him.
    c-I knew John from before and I happened to see and talk to him at a party.
    d-We knew each other and had arranged to meet at that party.

    Could one use "1" if John was one's friend?


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    Re: meet someone at a party

    Met is a pretty general verb. All four of your interpretations are possible and correct, and there are more. To meet someone is simply to encounter that person.

    Your doubt about a- is also correct. Logic, not grammar, dictates that you cannot be introduced to somebody you already know.

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