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    #1

    I have never been dating

    Hi,

    I have written"I have never been dating" on the net and saw it used. I would like to ask if the sentence with "never" is OK or should I only use a present perfect?

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: I have never been dating

    Without "never", the meaning is opposite. I don't know what you are asking.

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    #3

    Re: I have never been dating

    I just wanted to ask if it was possible to use 'never' with a present perfect progressive tense or not.

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    #4

    Re: I have never been dating

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I don't know what you are asking.
    I think the OP is asking whether it is possible to use 'I have never been dating' instead of 'I have never dated', but I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: I have never been dating

    It's not a good example.

    You can certainly say 'I have never been fishing before'.

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    #6

    Re: I have never been dating

    Yes, grammatically that is as possible as "I have never been swimming/dancing." Though the phrase "to go dating" is not colloquial.
    "I've never been on a date" would be usual.

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    #7

    Re: I have never been dating

    In my opinion, 'I have never been dancing/swimming' are not present perfect continuous forms. They are present perfect non-continuous equivalents of the present simple forms 'I never go dancing swimming'.
    Last edited by Piscean; 12-Sep-2015 at 12:16. Reason: error corrected.

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    #8

    Re: I have never been dating

    Couldn't agree more.
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...rticiple-of-GO

    By the way, where's he now, 5jj?

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    #9

    Re: I have never been dating

    He is very busy answering questions on another forum using the name fivejedjon.

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    #10

    Thumbs up Re: I have never been dating

    Oh that was his initial nickname over here. I'll check that.

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