• I'd like to thank you for taking the time to meet me last day.


  • I'd like to thank you for taking the time to met me last day?
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    ... to meet me yesterday. – Hot Licks Oct 10 '20 at 12:03
  • By the way, the normal adverb is grammatically. "Grammarly" exists as the name of a tool and website, but it is not in general use as an English word. – Colin Fine Oct 10 '20 at 17:06
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    "Meet" in "to meet" isn't present tense. It's an infinitive and is untensed. There is no past infinitive. (There is a periphrastic perfect infinitive, "(to) have met", consisting of the infinitive "have" followed by the past participle "met".) – rjpond Oct 10 '20 at 17:30

The infinitive particle is always followed by the base form of the verb, so to meet, never to met.

To met cannot occur in a sentence (unless if the two words are in different constituents and happen to come together, e.g. The lawyer I sent the emails to met up with us last week: The lawyer [I sent the emails to] met up with us last week).

If the infinitive is passive, past, or continuous, the to is followed by the base form of an auxiliary, be or have; in that case, the main verb will be in the form of an appropriate participle: to be meeting, to have met, to have been meeting, to be met, to have been met (the last two are passive).


This page explains,

We form the perfect infinitive with to have + the -ed form of a verb.


She claims to have met a number of famous people, but I don’t believe her.

I would prefer to have stayed at a small, family-run hotel than a big international chain.


For you information, there is no "to had..." "to has...".

  • I think it is better to write, _to have + past participle of the verb. Also I feel there is no need to mention the first sentence. – Dhanishtha Ghosh Oct 10 '20 at 18:08
  • Would you use "to have met" in the OP's sentence? ("I'd like to thank you for taking the time to meet me"). I wouldn't - I think it reads much better with "to meet". But the OP could say "I'm glad to have met you". – rjpond Oct 10 '20 at 18:10
  • @DhanishthaGhosh "The -ed form of the verb" is a direct quote from the website Kentaro is referring to. Although "past participle" is the traditional and most widely used term, some people prefer to call it the "-ed form" or "-ed participle" because the term "past" is misleading (participles have no tense, and the past participle is used in passives, including in constructions that have nothing to do with the past, like "it is being published"). – rjpond Oct 10 '20 at 18:16

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