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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
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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
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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

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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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