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Hi teachers, Which ones are correct?

1- I have never thought of getting married until now.

2- I never thought of getting married until now.

3- I had never thought of getting married until now.

4- I have never visited Italy until this week.

5- I had never visited Italy until this week.
 
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They are all possible.
 

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The sentences use three different tenses - past simple, present perfect, and past perfect. Their meanings vary accordingly.
 

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The sentences use three different tenses - past simple, present perfect, and past perfect. Their meanings vary accordingly.

Can you please tell me how I should use them and what the conditions should be?:roll:
 

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Explaining the uses of five different tenses is beyond the scope of this forum. Which of these tenses have you already studied in depth?
 

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Explaining the uses of five different tenses is beyond the scope of this forum. Which of these tenses have you already studied in depth?

I would prefer 3 and 5 because I think it uses the word until which means an action must have happened before. No. 3 means that I have now thought about getting married. And for no. 5, I think both present perfect and past perfect can be used but I would prefer the past perfect tense. I am not sure.
 

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I have searched in Google books for the first three sentences. I have found that 'present perfect tense' have rarely been used in the books with "until now".
 

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I would say the following:

1. I have never thought of getting married before.
2. I never visited Italy until this week.
 
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