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    Present simpe vs Past perfect

    Hello,

    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.
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    Re: Present simpe vs Past perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by vectrum View Post
    Hello,

    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.
    Ragards..
    Because you are still alive and you might have seen something more extraordinary after that.

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    Re: Present simpe vs Past perfect

    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?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Present simpe vs Past perfect

    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.

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    Re: Present simpe vs Past perfect

    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.
    Thank you,
    All the best.

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    Re: Present simpe vs Past perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by vectrum View Post
    ... but your answer very clearly shows that any of the three is possible.
    No it doesn't. I did not use the words 'in our lives' in the 'never saw' example.

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    Re: Present simpe vs Past perfect

    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.

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