Usage of ever

subhajit123

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Hi there, I am having a hard time deciding which tense is perfect with ever. The following are some examples.

1- It is the best goal I have ever seen.

2- It is the best goal I ever saw.

3- He is the best person I ever met.

4- He is the best person I have ever met.


I usually use 'ever' with the present perfect tense and therefore I would prefer the first and fourth sentence. But there are quite a large number of sentences using 'ever' with simple past tense. Is it a difference between British english and American english?
 
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Tarheel

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You can certainly use either one depending on what you consider appropriate under the circumstances. (I don't think there's a difference here between British and American English, but I could be wrong.)
 

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I, a speaker of BrE, would use only the present perfect.

Thank you, But my question is are they both correct? I have seen a lot of results using the simple past tense. :)
 

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Piscean expressed a preference in response to Tarheel's post—he didn't say the simple past was wrong. You can therefore conclude that they are both correct, with Tarheel's proviso in his first sentence.

Always capitalise proper nouns like 'English'.
 
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