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    msaeed is offline Newbie
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    Default Haven't and didn't

    Hi there,
    I want to know when should we use haven't and when should we use didn't
    for example what the difference between :
    "I haven't done that before" and " I didn't do that before"
    In addition when should we use them in the daily spoken
    thanks

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    Default Re: Haven't and didn't

    A: Do you want to come paragliding with me?

    B: Ooh, yes! I haven't done that before.

    * * *

    C: You got this sum wrong – you should have carried the 'one'.

    D: You're right; I didn't do that before.

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    Default Re: Haven't and didn't

    I have a feeling that (in certain contexts) there is a BrE vs AmE difference here.

    BrE
    - Wow, eating lobster will be a new experience for me!
    - You've never done that before?!
    - No. I've never done it before.

    AmE
    - Wow, eating lobster will be a new experience for me!
    - You never did that before?!
    - No, I never did it before today.

    I'm happy to be corrected if I have the AmE construction wrong, or if AmE uses both, but BrE certainly wouldn't use the latter construction.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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