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If the persons I am referring to are no more, in that case which of these is right?

a) He has met them (they are no more) many times, or

b) He met them many times.

( Here I get confused whether the subject himself is no more or the people he met are no more).

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  • Here is another example I can provide regarding my doubt.. a) Peter has met Steve( Steve is no more) many times, or b) Peter met Steve many times.( Here I get confused whether Peter is dead or Steve is dead. – user394556 Aug 1 '20 at 14:24
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    You can't use the present perfect construction with a dead person as subject. So *President Kennedy has never slept here is ungrammatical. *I have never met President Kennedy is also out, but only because the meeting is impossible in the present. That would also apply to your example. – John Lawler Aug 1 '20 at 14:33
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    Thanks a lot Mr.John Lawler. So, the right one would be " I never met president Kennedy" ?, as Mr. Kennedy is no more. – user394556 Aug 1 '20 at 16:47
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    Does this answer your question? Which is correct: "has died" or "died"? – Edwin Ashworth Aug 1 '20 at 16:57

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