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What's the difference between "Would I have seen you before?" and "Did I see you before?".

When I heared the former one in a sitcom, it came to mind.
Can I just say "Did I see you before?" instead.

Is there any essential difference between them?

I think they're different in affirmative forms:
"I would have seen you before" states a speaker's opinion;
"I saw you before" states a fact on the other hand.

But, what about them in question?

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What's the difference between "Would I have seen you before?" and "Did I see you before?".

When I heared the former one in a sitcom, it came to mind.
Can I just say "Did I see you before?" instead.

Is there any essential difference between them?

I think they're different in affirmative forms:
"I would have seen you before" states a speaker's opinion;
"I saw you before" states a fact on the other hand.

But, what about them in question?
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