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    See/meet

    Could you tell me the differences between "see" and "meet"?

    ex: I haven't seen him lately.

    In this case, is it strange to use "met" in stead of "seen"?

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    Re: See/meet

    Quote Originally Posted by ivygreen View Post
    Could you tell me the differences between "see" and "meet"?

    ex: I haven't seen him lately.

    In this case, is it strange to use "met" in stead of "seen"?
    The meanings are different.
    "meet" means to see each other face to face, and usually at least say "hi" to each other. But you can "see" someone from a distance or even on television without meeting them.
    In spite of the above and depending on the context, "see" is often used to mean "meet". Without context, your two sentences could well have different meanings.


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    Thank you so much for your detail explanation.
    I can understand the differences of meaning.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ivygreen View Post
    Could you tell me the differences between "see" and "meet"?

    ex: I haven't seen him lately.

    In this case, is it strange to use "met" in stead of "seen"?

    Hmmmmm.....I like these subtle questions.

    When you meet someone it is usually when you are doing something together.

    I will meet you at the restaurant and then we can eat dinner.
    John met Sally at the lawyer's office where they signed the documents.

    When you see someone you don't have to actually be with that person.

    I saw Jim as he climbed into his car. [He might not even know you were near him]

    Of course, see can also mean that there is a romantic relationship between people.

    Did you know that Sandra is seeing Mark!!

    But that is a different kind of meeting




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    Quote Originally Posted by Naamplao View Post

    Of course, see can also mean that there is a romantic relationship between people.

    Did you know that Sandra is seeing Mark!!

    But that is a different kind of meeting
    'See' can mean 'meet' without any romance: I am seeing my accountant tomorrow afternoon to discuss my tax declaration.


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    May I ask you one more thing?

    People say "I am glad to meet you." or "I am glad to see you."

    I sometimes be confused to think "meet?" or "see?" when
    I met with new people.

    In dictionary, "meet" is for the first time. Could you tell me
    what the difference is?

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    Re: See/meet

    Quote Originally Posted by ivygreen View Post
    In dictionary, "meet" is for the first time. Could you tell me what the difference is?
    In that context, to see means, to recognize, to know.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ivygreen View Post
    May I ask you one more thing?

    People say "I am glad to meet you." or "I am glad to see you."

    I sometimes be confused to think "meet?" or "see?" when
    I met with new people.

    In dictionary, "meet" is for the first time. Could you tell me
    what the difference is?
    You would say this if it was the first time you met them.

    I am glad to meet you.

    You would say the other sentence when you see them after that if you wish.

    If you see someone and you are really happy to see them for some reason. Perhaps you need their advice and they appear in front of you. You can say....

    Am I glad to see you!! (stress on the word glad)


    Said this way - with no rising at the end of the sentence - expresses happiness and/or relief at suddenly seeing this person.


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    Thank you very much for teaching me the differences between
    "see" and "meet". I undertand. I'm also going to use the
    "Am I glad to ....!" next time when I have a chance.

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