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What is the difference between the following two sentences when used in conversation:

It was nice seeing you.

It is nice to see you.

Do we use them at the beginning or at the end of a conversation?
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Normally both expressions are used when you see/meet someone that you haven't seen for some time.

It is nice to see you. - this would be used at the start of the conversation when you meet each other

It was nice seeing you. - This would be used at the end of the conversation as you say goodbye.
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Anonymous:
Hmm, sounds logical. What I wanted to ask about is, what about:

"It was nice to see you?" at the end of the conversation as you say goodbye???
It's ok. "It was nice (has been nice) seeing you" is much more common.
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Anonymous:
Well WisherWhat is the difference between the following two sentences when used in conversation:

It was nice seeing you.

It is nice to see you.

Do we use them at the beginning or at the end of a conversation?

Anonymous:
This is how one book explained it: (1) Yes, both are about the same. (2) Some people feel that "It was nice seeing you" is more immediate, vivid, emotional. If you meet a good friend whom you haven't seen for five years, you might end the conversation wth: "Wow! It was really great SEEING you! We have to get together soon." (3) On the other hand, if you meet someone whom you never really liked, you might end the talk with "Well, it was nice TO SEE you. Goodbye." In other words, the infinitive may be more remote and objective.
I agree that -ing is warmer, to is more aloof.
This is completely consistent with the idea that we often use to when just meeting someone we don't yet know, and -ing after we've had a chance to "warm up" to them.

CJ
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Anonymous:
how proper is this??

nice to have seen you
Anonymous:
what is the difference between nice to see you! and nice to meet you!
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