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


  • 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
  • I don't understand the title of this question. Could you explain the title?
    – 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.


I agree with Fumble fingers. It functions idiomatically.


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


"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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