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    explanation of these sentences

    what's the difference in meaning between these sentences: I never smoke cigarettes and I have never smoked cigarettes

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    Re: explanation of these sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by fatzo View Post
    what's the difference in meaning between these sentences: I never smoke cigarettes and I have never smoked cigarettes
    the 2nd means I have never tried to smoke, I don/t know what it's like whereas the 1st means I never do it

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    Re: explanation of these sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Lovely_teacher View Post
    the 2nd means I have never tried to smoke, I don/t know what it's like whereas the 1st means I never do it

    hi,

    what about these sentences:

    "i never smoked cigarettes"

    "i have never smoked cigarettes"

    do they mean exactly the same? is there any difference between them?

    when using "have" in situations like this is mandatory and when it's not?

    thanks

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    Re: explanation of these sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    hi,

    what about these sentences:

    "i never smoked cigarettes"

    "i have never smoked cigarettes"

    do they mean exactly the same? is there any difference between them?

    when using "have" in situations like this is mandatory and when it's not?

    thanks
    1st isn;t correct. probably it's used in spoken language. have here is vital 'cos it's present perfect which shows that up to this moment you never did it.
    never is used with present simple (I never smoke) and present perfect (I have never smoked)

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