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    Default Never + nouns in plural

    Please tell me whether we can say "Never children are so naughty as Bill." and why.
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    Default Re: Never + nouns in plural

    No. The correct word order is "Children are never as/so naughty as Bill."

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    Default Re: Never + nouns in plural

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    No. The correct word order is "Children are never as/so naughty as Bill."
    But I came across the following:
    "Never child is so naughty as Bill. "
    It is in a Chinese book dealing with articles. So I thought of the question.

    By the way I have read such a sentence as "Never a word he said."
    Would you help me in comparing them.
    Sorry to trouble you so much! Thanks!

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    Default Re: Never + nouns in plural

    Quote Originally Posted by notletrest View Post
    But I came across the following:
    "Never child is so naughty as Bill. "
    That is incorrect.
    "Never a word he said."
    That's fine, though it has a slightly old-fashioned ring to it.

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    Default Re: Never + nouns in plural

    There are situations where we put "never" etc at the beginning of a sentence but it can sound old-fashioned or as if you are trying to be clever.

    Never have I seen such a naughty child = I have never seen such a naughty child.
    Rarely have I eaten such a delicious meal = I have rarely eaten such a delicious meal.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Never + nouns in plural

    Never a word he said.
    That's fine because 'never' is followed by an article – not a plural noun.

    Rover

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