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Anonymous:Is this sentence proper: "He has never been to Chicago before."
Or should it be, "He has never before been to Chicago."
The second one is less usual, but also correct.
Anonymous:Some would argue that the final position might bring more emphasis on before.
I must admit, to me, the final position seems like the normal version, while the central position suggests mild emphasis:
1. He has never before been to Chicago.
*He has before been to Chicago.
He has been to Chicago before.
Anonymous:"He has never been to Chicago before." it's the correct sentence
Note that, in uncommon situations where you want a lot of emphasis, it's also possible to say the rather formal
"Never before has he been to Chicago."
Best wishes, Clive
Anonymous:I know I'm three years late, but either works in English. The more proper of the sentences in today's vernacular is the first.
Anonymous:"He has never been to Chicago."
Why bother with "before" if you already said he's "never been" there?
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