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Could we say "It's a gift/ present to meet you." or is this impossible to use?

Thx.

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  • You could say it but no native English speaker would. It's not idiomatic. Prefer pleased/delighted/thrilled to meet you. Jun 30, 2018 at 12:28
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    The idiomatic standard for your construction is It's a pleasure to meet you. More deferentially / sycophantically, It's an honour to meet you. Jun 30, 2018 at 13:13
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    – stangdon
    Jun 30, 2018 at 17:34

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As mentioned in the comments, your sentence is not idiomatic English. It is more natural to say:

It is a pleasure / delight / thrill to meet you.

or using the verb

I am pleased / delighted / thrilled to meet you.

That being said, it's less common but quite easy to rephrase the sentence to use present or gift:

Meeting you has been such a gift! I was feeling so down, but you've really lifted my spirits.

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I agree with Fumble fingers. It functions idiomatically.

Compare:

"You're an absolute rose" (The Great Gatsby)

and

"You're an absolute gem!"

In both cases, they're not meant to be taken in the literal sense. Though pleasure / delight and thrill may be preferred in:

It's a _______ to meet you.

Also you could get away with "It's a gift to meet you" but not possibly, "It's a present to meet you". It just sounds unnatural.

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