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    Never can / Can never ??

    I searched on Google and I found 2 songs named "Never can" and "can never"
    Are there any differences between them in meanings and the way of using ?
    How about the other modal verb (should, ought to...) ???

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    Re: Never can / Can never ??

    Quote Originally Posted by Assassin View Post
    I searched on Google and I found 2 songs named "Never can" and "can never"
    Are there any differences between them in meanings and the way of using ?
    How about the other modal verb (should, ought to...) ???
    Hi

    Whenever the adverb never is placed at the beginning of the sentence, it means you want to put an emphasis on the action of the verb [ you want to underline the idea ]. This is called inversion:

    e.g. Never get in trouble again [ as you did yesterday]. The idea in this sentence can be conveyed some other way : Don`t you ever get into trouble again [ although, the meaning of this sentence might sound as a warning message or as strong advice].

    If you say "You can never get into trouble again", the message is not so strong, it doesn`t come as a warning. I can take it as some mere advice, observation or statement.

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