When I was working alone and someone came to me and asked: “Do you know where Amy is?” Should I respond to my colleague “I don’t see her” or “I didn’t see her?”

I’m confused about in which situation that I should say “I don’t see someone” or “I didn’t see someone”.

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    Neither: the normal answer would be "I don't know!" or simply "No!"
    – TrevorD
    May 3, 2019 at 17:15

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So Frank comes in and asks "Do you know where Amy is?"

The normal response, if you are not somehow in charge of keeping track of people and you have not recently seen Amy, would be:

I haven't seen her.


I didn't see someone is the correct answer

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    May 3, 2019 at 17:38

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