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    Can both Past Tense and Present Perfect be used?

    In the example below, I have filled in the blanks with 'have told' instead of 'told'.

    1. I never ________ you that I loved her; I only said that I liked her.
    told
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    Is it possible to use both verbal forms?
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    Re: Can both Past Tense and Present Perfect be used?

    In the sentence as it stands, only 'told' is natural. 'I never have told you' is not impossible in certain contexts, but 'I have never told you' is the natural order.

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    Re: Can both Past Tense and Present Perfect be used?

    Thank you for your answer.
    This exercise is a little weird. I was being expected to position the adverb well so I'm sure a form like 'I never have told you' would have not been accepted but I was wondering whether in this context 'I have never told you' is possible.
    Also if it's not too much trouble for you please correct my writing mistakes (not spelling). I have noticed it's a lot easier to remember things when I am being corrected.
    Many thanks for your kindness!

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    Re: Can both Past Tense and Present Perfect be used?

    And 'have never told...' would, in any case, be followed by 'love', not 'loved'.

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    Re: Can both Past Tense and Present Perfect be used?

    Quote Originally Posted by panglossa View Post
    And 'have never told...' would, in any case, be followed by 'love', not 'loved'.
    Not necessarily. IThat depends on the words actually said.

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    Re: Can both Past Tense and Present Perfect be used?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Not necessarily. IThat depends on the words actually said.
    Fair point. I was assuming 'love' as the original wording...

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