View Poll Results: Which one is grammatically correct?

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  • Never have I eaten such delicious food.

    1 16.67%
  • I have never eaten such delicious food.

    1 16.67%
  • Either

    4 66.67%
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    #1

    Present Perfect

    Hi Sirs and Madams,I would like to ask some questions regarding present perfect.

    "I have never eaten such delicious food " is apparently correct.

    Is "Never have I eaten such delicious food" correct too?If it is,can you pls explain the rule to me?

    Thanks in advanced.

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    #2

    Re: Present Perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by FrankOse View Post
    Hi Sirs and Madams,I would like to ask some questions regarding present perfect.

    "I have never eaten such delicious food " is apparently correct.

    Is "Never have I eaten such delicious food" correct too?If it is,can you pls explain the rule to me?

    Thanks in advanced.
    Never have I eaten such delicious food
    is what is commonly called an inversion.

    You use it in order to put additional emphasis on the fact that you've never ever had such delicious food before .

    In order to do that you have to break up (i.e. invert meaning to change the word order ) the syntactic order of subject-predicate - object inherent in English affirmative sentences.
    hope this wasn't too brief an explanation

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    #3

    Re: Present Perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by FrankOse View Post
    Hi Sirs and Madams,I would like to ask some questions regarding present perfect.

    "I have never eaten such delicious food " is apparently correct.

    Is "Never have I eaten such delicious food" correct too?If it is,can you pls explain the rule to me?

    Thanks in advanced.
    This is called inversion. More examples:
    Scarcely had I got out of bed when the doorbell rang.
    No sooner had he finished dinner, when she walked in the door.

    Only then did I understand the problem.

    Little have I read concerning nanotechnology.
    Should he decide to come, please telephone.
    Teaching inversion - UsingEnglish.com

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    #4

    Re: Present Perfect

    A thumbs up to both beascarpetta and banderas. Excellent!



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    #5

    Re: Present Perfect

    Thanks teachers , you have been excellent .

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