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Who do you think I met/met with ?

Considering formal usage of English do we need to use preposition with with met in the above given sentence ? I tried to google about it but couldn't find anything reliable.

  • Both are fine. You can consider "met" and "met with" as two separate verbs with similar meaning. – Andrew Jun 30 '17 at 15:48
  • @Andrew I disagree. I was taught that met with is to share a meeting and met means stumbled up. – SovereignSun Jun 30 '17 at 16:11
  • @SovereignSun Yes, two separate, grammatical verbs with similar meaning. Which you use depends on what you want to say, but both are equally "correct" given the context. – Andrew Jun 30 '17 at 17:13
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Since you mention "formal" you might prefer "With whom do you think I met?"

There is a small difference in meaning between "meet", and "meet with". The former suggests a short chance event. "I met John at the shops". The latter suggests a planned meeting. "I met with John to discuss our plans" This distinction is flexible and not always observed.

Hence use "Who do you think I met with" to ask "Who do you think I had a planned meeting with". And "Who do you think I met?" to ask "who do you think I bumped into"

In either case, asking such a question is very conversational, rather than formal.

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