Present Perfect

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FrankOse

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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.
 

beascarpetta

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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 :-D
 

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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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:-D A thumbs up to both beascarpetta and banderas. Excellent!
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