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    Red face It is /was the best meal...

    We are currently discussing with my friends what the correct grammar would be in this context: you have just finished a meal and want to say it was/is the best meal you ever had. What tenses would be used here?

    It was the best meal I have ever had. - some say past simple should not be mixed with present perfect like this and would choose past perfect.

    I asked this question in this forum but didn't receive satisfying answers. Can someone please help me with this?

    https://forum.wordreference.com/thre...eal-i.3359296/

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    Re: It is /was the best meal...

    I would probably say one of the following, with a slight preference for the contracted version of the first one.


    That is the best meal I have ever had. (That's the best meal I've ever had).

    That was the best meal I ever had.

    I would definitely not use the past perfect if I've just finished the meal.
    I am not a teacher

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    Re: It is /was the best meal...

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    While I was eating it:This is the best meal I've ever had.
    When I had finished it: That was the best meal I've ever had.
    Some time later, after eating an even better meal: That was the best meal I'd ever had.
    What form should i use after a few months if i have not eaten another better meal since then?

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    Re: It is /was the best meal...

    I would use the following:
    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    That was the best meal I've ever had.
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