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    #1

    never

    Dear teachers,

    Could you please explain if there is any difference between "I never could do something" and "I could never do something"? I ask so because I was taught that "never" could only be put in front of model verbs but the first sentence is in my textbook so it occurred to me that it might be possible to put "never" in front of model verbs.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    #2

    Re: never

    "I never could manage to play the guitar, no matter how hard I tried."
    "I could never be cruel to an animal, it is against my principles."

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