I bought a jacket today, and it is really cool, so I want to tell my friends.

  • Which one of the following sentences is correct?
  • Is there a difference between them?
  1. It's the coolest jacket I ever had!

  2. It's the coolest jacket I have ever had!

  • As a community, perhaps we should avoiding asking, "Which one of these is grammatically correct?" What makes you think one of these is right and the other is wrong? Both are fine; you can say it either way. – J.R. Jul 4 '16 at 0:02
  • @J.R. Sorry sir for that... I don't know which one is right or wrong and this is why I asked. Also... I was hoping to know is there any different between them? Sorry I should add it in my question – JumpJump Jul 4 '16 at 0:04
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    I agree: Is there any difference between them is a much more useful question to learners. Thanks for taking the time to edit and improve your question! – J.R. Jul 4 '16 at 0:06

The grammatically correct way is to use present perfect.

It's the coolest jacket I have ever had!

When you use words like "never", "ever", "already", "yet", this usually requires present perfect tense.

  • Agreed. If you still possess the jacket, then its status as your coolest jacket is ongoing. "Coolest jacket I ever had" would be how I reminisced about a jacket I no longer own. – Eikre Nov 1 '16 at 23:24

Both of your sentences are understandable, correct, and have the same meaning. However,

It's the coolest jacket I ever had!

is more informal than

It's the coolest jacket I have ever had!

When your friends see your jacket they may say

That jacket is the coolest.
Your jacket is the coolest ever.
Your jacket is the coolest I have ever seen


Yes more formal, but the context of “ever had”, would be assumed that you no longer possess said subject. Whereas “I have ever had” would imply you still maintain possession

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