Please tell me
Which is better to say...
"I never wanted to be famous."
"I've never wanted to be famous"?
I never wanted to be famous, but somehow it just happened. I took a job as a chorus girl, and one thing led to another. Now I can't open a glossy magazine without seeing a picture of myself.
I've never wanted to be famous. I prefer it this way - just being a cog in a well-oiled and reliable machine.
I tried to post this before Anglika's answer, but UE was having a bad hair day . We're saying the same thing, but you may find my examples helpful.
Thank you, Anglika and BobK!
Now it's clear.
Also, I learned a new word and expression "a cog" and "a bad hair day".
Anglika noted that the implication is there. If it's only an implication then surely both could have the identical meaning and the person in question could be not famous at all for either sentence.
Would you agree, Anglika and Bob, that this is a possibility?
The problem with many of these queries is lack of context. Being asked to say which of the statements above should be used, without any information of the background to the statement, means that they have to be examined as hypothetical. If context was always provided, then very specific answers could be given.
A bad hair day is - in its literal sense - a day when you can't get your hair to look right. Figuratively, it's a day when things don't seem to work - by chance (not for any obvious reason). I was extending this figurative use even further by using it to apply to the forum software (which doesn't have hair at all). I just meant that the software was suddenly and unaccountably misbehaving.
I agree with you, Anglika, that context is everything. Time and again, the first meaning we see is not the nuance intended. Interesting that; are we programmed to seek first the most common meaning or is it that the most common naturally seems to win on the strength of numbers.
Anglika says that "the first implies that you have become famous, but never intended to; the second implies you have no desire to become famous". That to me means that they cannot always differ in meaning; it must be context dependent.
There's no doubt that the PP differs in some uses between BrE and NaE and there's also no doubt that BrE is being much influenced by AmE, more structurally, I surmise, than wrt to vocabulary.
Cheers you two.