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    subhajit123 is offline Banned
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    Wink He had never been a...

    Hi everyone, what's the difference between "He had never been a good doctor" and "He was never a good doctor"? Which one is natural and why?

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    Re: He had never been a...

    I would use the present perfect tense for the first sentence. The second sentence is OK.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: He had never been a...

    It depends on the context. Can you give us any, subhajit?

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    Re: He had never been a...

    "The person you are talking about died two years ago and I can tell you he had never been/was never a good doctor." Which one should I use?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 05-Aug-2017 at 07:53. Reason: Deleting quote.

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    Re: He had never been a...

    I see no reason to use the past perfect.

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    Re: He had never been a...

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I see no reason to use the past perfect.
    When should I use the past perfect here? Can you give me an example?

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    Re: He had never been a...

    He was a doctor for twenty years until he retired in 2016. He had been a teacher but decided to retrain in his mid-thirties.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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