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    When I finish talking with someone, I should say " I am glad of talking with you".
    But, if I say " I was glad of talking with you", it means more euphemistic, right? Please.


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    Re: was

    euphemism
    noun
    a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing : “downsizing” as a euphemism for cuts in the number of employers in a factory.
    In these sentences, you are referring to whether one expression is casual speech, and one expression a more formal way of saying it.
    Neither of the sentences you give is correct.
    In relaxed, casual conversation, where I have perhaps just met the person and had a conversation, and now saying goodbye, probably not ever going to see them again (the kind of conversation you may have whilst waiting in an airport lounge with someone sitting near you.): "It was nice talking to you."
    With a friend (or acquaintance) that I don't see very often, and I bump into them and we talk for a little while, I might say, "It was good talking to you." meaning that I had enjoyed meeting and chatting with them again.

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    Re: was

    In your both cases, can "was" change to "is"? That is:
    "It is nice talking to you."
    "It is good talking to you."

    Please.

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    #4

    Re: was

    Re:
    "It is nice talking to you."
    "It is good talking to you."
    You could say that while you are talking to somebody, but why would you?

    ~R

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