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Hi everyone, what's the difference between "He had never been a good doctor" and "He was never a good doctor"? Which one is natural and why?
 

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I would use the present perfect tense for the first sentence. The second sentence is OK.
 

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It depends on the context. Can you give us any, subhajit?
 

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"The person you are talking about died two years ago and I can tell you he had never been/was never a good doctor." Which one should I use?:)
 
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I see no reason to use the past perfect.
 

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He was a doctor for twenty years until he retired in 2016. He had been a teacher but decided to retrain in his mid-thirties.
 
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