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I'm told to use -- "We had never seen anything quite so extraordinary in our lives"
but my question is, why I can't use "We never saw anything quite so extraordinary in our lives."
Please tell me.
Thank you very much for your answer but I'm still confused so can you elaborate your answer please?
I understand what you have said and I relate it to the first statement which says I had never seen -- I might have
seen other incidents but when I say "I never saw ... ." , it means I have never seen (as of now), it is an experience
I have ever got. What is wrong in my second statement?
My wife and I lived in Elbonia for several years in the 1990s. We once went to to a Blindfold Rhubarb-Thrashing on Pogo Sticks match.
We had never seen anything quite so extraordinary in our lives. However, in 2003, we saw something even more extraordinary, ...
We have never seen anything quite so extraordinary in our lives. I don't think we will ever see anything to equal it.
We never saw anything quite so extraordinary in in all our time in that part of the world.
Thank you very much for your detail and it's cleared my confusion. I faced a fill-in the blank question
which stated the following way; We _______ anything quite so extraordinary in our lives.
The options were 1. had never seen 2. never saw 3. have never seen. When I had put option number
two (never saw), it showed my answer was wrong but your answer very clearly shows that any of the
three is possible.
All the best.
Yes. Thank you. Your last line says that the speaker never saw anything which was the same as what he saw while staying there.
Last edited by vectrum; 16-Aug-2012 at 20:04.