As a student of the English language, I have always considered the meanings of such phrases as I'll meet you... and You'll meet me... to be identical in nature, since the verb meet tends to be somewhat "symmetric" concerning it's subject and direct-object.

However, I was wondering if there is any subtle difference in meaning between the two phrases that might distinguish one from the other, aside from the fact that their subjects and direct-objects have been reversed.


They can be used for similar purposes; indeed, technically speaking there may actually be no difference between the two. However, consider a situation where you're planning a get-together with someone, perhaps for business purposes.
If A says to B, "You'll meet me", the implication could be that it's B's responsibility to meet up with A.
If A says to B, "I'll meet you", the implication could be that it's A's responsibility to meet up with B.
To get around this, you could potentially use "We'll meet each other".

  • Of course! It works just like any other verb in that sense: the subject is still the one performing the action, and thus would bear the responsibility. Thank you ever so much for clearing this up for me; I don't know why I didn't see that before! – Chef Cyanide Mar 2 '16 at 3:29

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