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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."

Thank you.
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... to Chicago before is absolutely fine and very natural sounding.
The second one is less usual, but also correct.

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Anonymous:
Some would argue that the final position might bring more emphasis on before.
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That's an interesting thought, Anon.

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.

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Also note that it is the never that allows the before in that position, confirming that the more neutral position is sentence final.

*He has before been to Chicago.
He has been to Chicago before.


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Anonymous:
"He has never been to Chicago before." it's the correct sentence
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Hi,
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
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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.
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Anonymous:
"He has never been to Chicago."

Why bother with "before" if you already said he's "never been" there?
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