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i read that "never" is used in simple present.
i read also that it is used in present perfect. how come? the teacher said it is used in present perfect and it is the key word to know the tense of the sentence. i am confused!!
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Don't let your teacher confuse you. Never is not tense-restricted:
He never buys something. He never bought anything. He has never bought anything. He will never buy anything. He had never bought anything. He would never buy anything. He would never have bought anything.
CB
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Never can appear in many (if not all) tenses, and does not refer particularly to present perfect. Yet, already and still more often appear with present perfect. These are all fine:

You will never walk alone.
I have never walked alone
I never could dance!
I never want to see you again.
I had never been in love when I met Gloria.

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Hi,
I read that "never" is used in simple present.
i read also that it is used in present perfect. how come? the teacher said it is used in present perfect and it is the key word to know the tense of the sentence. i am confused!!

You can use 'never' with a lot of tenses, not just the ones you have mentioned.
eg
She never watches TV. at no time is it part of her routine
She will never watch TV. at no time in the future
She never watched TV. at no time in the past
She has never watched TV. at no time in the past until now

Perhaps your teacher has not taught you about 'never' with these other tenses yet.
Clive
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I hadn't had my coffee yet .
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She never watched TV. at no time in the past
She has never watched TV. at no time in the past until now

I am confused as to when to use simple past and present perfect.
I know that you would use present perfect when you don't know when
or how long it happened. However based on the 2nd line you had written,
the present perfect is used when you want to imply "at no time in the past until
now". The until now is the part that differentiates the two tenses.

Please advise. Thanks.

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