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    Tenses

    Thanks a lot for your useful answer!!

    Now, can you help me with the usage of tenses in this sentence?

    "I never thought I interested in the courses here at the festival and now I have decided I want to work in a film".

    I would rather say:
    "I have never thought I would have been interested in the courses here at the festival and now I have decided I want to work in a film"

    Is it correct to consider "never" as a habit in the past, and for this reason use the simple past? And, why not present perfect? In cases like this, what do I have to take into account to choose one of these tenses?

    Again, thanks a lot for your response.

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    Re: Tenses

    I would say 'I never thought I would be...'. The present perfect doesn't work for me because 'have decided' tells us that the thinking is over, so it belongs in the past.

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