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  1. Key Member
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    #1

    Have or did

    Hi guys,

    After meeting somebody after a long time we say "I haven't seen you for a long time" can't we say "I didn't see you" because the person has already met that guy.

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    #2

    Re: Have or did

    In Br Eng you only say 'I didn't see you...' if there's a specific time expression: 'I didn't see you last week. Where were you?'

    In Am Eng I suspect the situation's different, but I'll leave that to the experts.

    b

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    #3

    Re: Have or did

    In AmE, "I haven't seen you for a long time" is correct; "I didn't see you for a long time" is incorrect

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    #4

    Re: Have or did

    Informally, we say "Long time no see."



    --lotus

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    #5

    Re: Have or did

    Quote Originally Posted by lotus888 View Post
    Informally, we say "Long time no see."

    --lotus
    Indeed we do.

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    #6

    Re: Have or did

    Really informally, we say "Where you been hiding?"

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