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Dear Ted:

At the end of a conversation with a person you have just met, do you say, "It WAS a pleasure meeting you" or "It HAS BEEN a pleasure meeting you"?

Thank you,

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

At the end of a conversation with a person you have just met, do you say, "It WAS a pleasure meeting you" or "It HAS BEEN a pleasure meeting you"?

*** Both are correct.  If you want to sound more "present" or "up-to-date," use the present perfect tense, "has been."  That implies that you may be looking forward to another meeting.

Ted

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