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    the position of " never "

    1.Never having studied Chinese,he knows nothing about it.
    2. Having never studied Chinese ,he knows nothing about it.
    Are these two sentences grammartically right? Some one told me that when using " never",we should put it after"having",and when using "not ",we should put it in front of "having".Is the explanation right?
    Waiting for your professional answers. Thmaks a lot!



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    #2

    Re: the position of " never "

    Quote Originally Posted by tianhang View Post

    1.Never having studied Chinese,he knows nothing about it.
    2. Having never studied Chinese ,he knows nothing about it.
    They are both acceptable. I prefer 2.

    Are these two sentences grammartically right? Some one told me that when using " never",we should put it after"having",and when using "not ",we should put it in front of "having".Is the explanation right?
    Not having an example for you second question, I find it difficult to say. But it sounds right.

    Waiting for your professional answers. Thmaks a lot!
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    Re: the position of " never "

    Thank you for your help!
    谢谢你的帮助!
    Wish you happy every day!
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    #4

    Re: the position of " never "

    I prefer the other one, interestingly. As a general rule: word order is much more flexible in English than Chinese.

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    Re: the position of " never "

    Thanks a lot.I have the same sense.English is more flexible than Chinese,and as a result it is more diffcult to grasp the grammar rules in English.
    谢谢你!

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    #6

    Re: the position of " never "

    That is true, in part. But the words change endings depending on their use, that should help.

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