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A. I never feel so alone until now.

B. I have never felt so alone until now.

C. I never felt so alone until now.

D. I had never felt so alone until now.

1. Which of the sentences above are possible?
2. If two or more are possible, how are they different in meaning or as to time?
3. If 'until' above means 'continuing up to now' instead of the action 'ceasing from now', which verb tense is correct? Simple present or present perfect?
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Hi,

“I have never felt so alone until today. (Not in the entire period of the past) Doesn't sound quite right to my ear.”

I meant the above as a rather mild and subjective comment about that particular sentence.

English is not a science. It's not always easy to say why something does not sound quite right. Here are a few thoughts.

It sounds better to me if I rearrange it to “Until today, I have never felt so alone."

So perhaps my difficulty is that I hear Present Perfect and start thinking 'until now', and then hear 'until today' and have a little trouble rearranging my thoughts. When I hear 'until today' first, I seem to get a better idea in my mind of what is going to be said.

Is it OK with you if we leave this thread now? After a time, I find I spend more time reviewing my previous answers than creating new ones, and things just seem to get more confusing rather than less.

Best wishes, Clive
Hi Clive,

I can see now what you meant. I understand English is not a science. Not everything is exact. That's probably why I find it slightly difficult to learn than Math especially that it's just our second language.

I'm glad I now understand the topic and I owe this to you. I agree we can leave this thread now. Thanks so much for your time and effort helping me.

Best regards,
Michael

Also, thank you, Avangi and AlpheccaStars, for your assistance. I appreciate it.
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