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    Paraphrase

    This is the first time I've met her.

    It means

    (A) I've never met her before.
    (B) I had never met her before.


    Which one is correct? Or both are incorrect?
    I just want to paraphrase "This is the first time I've met her."


    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: Paraphrase

    Quote Originally Posted by Takoyaki View Post
    This is the first time I've met her.

    It means

    (A) I've never met her before.
    (B) I had never met her before.


    Which one is correct? Or both are incorrect?
    I just want to paraphrase "This is the first time I've met her."


    Thank you.
    It all depends on context, Can you provide some?

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    Re: Paraphrase

    If you don't get any context, which one sounds natural to you?

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    Re: Paraphrase

    Quote Originally Posted by Takoyaki View Post
    If you don't get any context, which one sounds natural to you?
    A).
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: Paraphrase

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    A).
    englishhobby, please read this extract from the forum's Posting Guidelines:

    You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language. If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly at the top of your post.

    As it happens, I agree with you on this occasion.

    Rover

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    Re: Paraphrase

    Quote Originally Posted by Takoyaki View Post
    If you don't get any context, which one sounds natural to you?
    Either could sound natural, depending on context.

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    #7

    Re: Paraphrase

    But in the OP's words:

    I just want to paraphrase "This is the first time I've met her",

    only (A) sounds natural.



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