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If I last saw someone some time ago, and I am now meeting the person. Should the first sentence be either

I have not seen you in a while.

or

I had not seen you in a while.

I am leaning towards the first choice since I heard it more often and it just sounds familiar to me. However, I think that I am now seeing the person so I have now seen you. Therefore, should it be

I had not seen you in a while

instead?

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The current meeting is in the present, so you would say "It's nice to see you, because I have not seen you in a while."

At the end of the meeting it becomes in the past, so you can say "Goodbye, it was nice to see you, because I had not seen you in a while."

You could also refer to a previous meeting. "Do you remember meeting in Paris? I had not seen you in a while."

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