Hi everyone, I have some doubts about which tenses I can use with always/never. In American English, what's the difference between.....( here are some sentences, they are only examples):

  • I have never seen that thing (before) / I never saw that thing (before)
  • I have always/never wanted to be a singer / I always/never wanted to be a singer / Did you always wanted to be a singer?
  • I have never/always known you were American / I never/always knew you were American
  • Before I met her, I had always thought she was slim / Before I met her, I always thought she was slim
  • She has always/never been a great singer / She was always/never a great singer / She always/never was a great singer

  • Could some of them have the same meaning? I read sentences like the above every day.... they are driving me crazy! Emotion: angry Emotion: wink I guess sometimes some people use all that sentences for saying the same thing... but I'm not sure!

    I can't understand if there are some differences in meaning among the above examples, and which tenses I should use in such cases. I need just a brief explanation, I'm sure you'll be clear as always.Emotion: wink

    Thank you very much in advance
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When a topic is discussed day after day after day with so many posts, it's hard to keep up with all the slightly different ways the sentences are worded. Sometimes just a change of one word can change a person's opinion about how something should be said.

I am going to stop answering the questions on this thread now because I don't think any progress is being made. Sorry if I haven't understood your questions correctly or answered them in a satisfactory way for you.


Dear CJ,

Because I am still confused about that matter, so I am relatively sad to hear that you are going to stop answering on this thread.

The lack of understanding and reading skill of learners like me may lead to some inconveniences or misunderstanding when asking or understanding the matter.

Anyways, I would like to say thanks for your help so far.

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