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    Use of never when talking about the past

    First of all I'm curious whether this sentence is right: "So you’ve never received education about phrasal verbs or went to a private educational institute for it?"
    I assume that it is, and I'm wondering specifically about
    "you never went to..."
    That is what the latter part would be when the sentence is broken into two parts.
    I'm wondering if it's right to say "you never went to" instead of "you've never gone to."
    If "you've never gone to" is the correct one, then the original sentence would be modified to:
    "So you've never received education about phrasal verbs or (have) gone to a private educational institute for it?"
    Is this how you should say it? Somehow the "went to" version seems more natural or common (correct if I am wrong).

    So my question is basically, is the sentence right (specifically with regard to 'went to'), and if it is,
    then I want to know whether "you never went to" is grammatically correct, and used alongside "you've never gone to."

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    Re: Use of never when talking about the past

    Where did you find that sentence?

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    Re: Use of never when talking about the past

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Where did you find that sentence?
    It's just a sentence that I've come up with.

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    Re: Use of never when talking about the past

    Quote Originally Posted by mkyol View Post
    It's just a sentence that I've come up with.
    For what reason?

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    Re: Use of never when talking about the past

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    For what reason?
    In order to learn...
    I am not clear whether the sentence is correct, and whether there would be grammatically correct alternative options that are used.

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    Re: Use of never when talking about the past

    "You've never received education about phrasal verbs or went to a private education institute for it?" is incorrect. There is more than one problem but the main one is with the use of the word "went".

    If you remove "received education about phrasal verbs or", you are left with:

    "You've never went to a private education institute for it?"

    Does that sound right to you?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Use of never when talking about the past

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "You've never received education about phrasal verbs or went to a private education institute for it?" is incorrect. There is more than one problem but the main one is with the use of the word "went".

    If you remove "received education about phrasal verbs or", you are left with:

    "You've never went to a private education institute for it?"

    Does that sound right to you?
    Ok thanks for your reply.. so I guess if the sentence were "You never received education about phrasal verbs or went to a private educational institute for it?" I guess it would be 'more' correct, although you'd normally use the present perfect, and go "You've never received education about phrasal verbs or gone to a private educational institute for it?", especially in formal writing.

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