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    #1

    "may never have heard of" vs. "may have never heard of"

    As in the title...

    1. "may never have heard of"
    or
    2. "may have never heard of"?

    "Could have only done" or "could only have done"? Etc.

    I take it both constructions are correct, but is there any difference between them (even a subtle one)?

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    #2

    Re: "may never have heard of" vs. "may have never heard of"

    They're correct. With the first pair, 'may never have heard' is the more common one, so I think the shift to 'may have never heard' could be used to shift a slightly greater emphasis onto the person's lack of knowledge.

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    #3

    Re: "may never have heard of" vs. "may have never heard of"

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    They're correct. With the first pair, 'may never have heard' is the more common one, so I think the shift to 'may have never heard' could be used to shift a slightly greater emphasis onto the person's lack of knowledge.
    I agree that the format 'may have never heard' can be used to make a point of juxtaposing never and heard.

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