the first time I have talked...

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the first time I have talked...

Post by navi » Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:16 am

Are both these sentences correct:

1) This is the first time I am talking to you.
2) This is the first time I have talked to you.

Is there a difference in the meanings?
Does '1' imply that the conversation is ongoing?
Does '2' imply that he conversation is over?

Gratefully,
Navi.
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Re: the first time I have talked...

Post by Bobinwales » Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:51 pm

"This is the first time I am talking to you", sounds like a threat to me. "And it had better be the last!".
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Re: the first time I have talked...

Post by Erik_Kowal » Sun Apr 02, 2017 6:57 pm

As so often, the context shapes the meaning.

"This is the first time I am talking to you" could equally well be remarked by someone who had previously exchanged messages with a Facebook contact, but who was now speaking to them in real time via FB's voice chat function.
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