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When you meet an individual for the first time, would you say

Today I had the pleasure to meet him

or

Today I have had the pleasure to meet him

?

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Use "have had" if he is still there with you. If he has left (or if you have left), then use "had".

  • Neither, Larisa; not with “pleasure to…” “I had / have had the pleasure of meeting…” or “took pleasure in meeting…” or “It gave me pleasure / I was pleased to meet…” His being there makes no difference; time will “Today / Yesterday / I had the pleasure of meeting…” succeed “Today / I have had…” succeed “Yesterday I have had the pleasure of meeting…” fails (anyone who wants to fill in the tenses please feel free) – Robbie Goodwin Nov 10 '16 at 18:53

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