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Could anyone please explain the difference between 'I have never done this before' and 'I never did before' in terms of tense aspect?
As I was doing it, I'd say "I've never done this before."
Talking about it afterwards, I'd sy "I'd never done that before."
I can't make "I never did this before" work.
Last edited by Barb_D; 26-Feb-2012 at 15:14. Reason: Changed "this" to "that"
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
There we go, I was duly corrected by an American colleague. Thanks!
Would 'I have never done this before' imply that there is a possibility that I will do it in the future?
What about if I write 'I had never done this before'? When should I use 'had never done'?
"I had never done this before" = you would use this in the same way you would use any past perfect. The period of time being talked about in the sentence would dictate whether it was appropriate or not.