Gramatically, what's the difference between "I never had a cat" (past tense) and "I've never had a cat" (present perfect)? ?
- Anonymous3 weeks agoFavourite answer
They are both past tense. It's way too much to explain here, and you would probably need lots and lots of practice to really understand it. I suggest that you find a good English teacher. But I'll sum it up for you:
the simple past: "I never had ___" = is confined to one specific occasion or a defined time frame.
the present perfect: "I've never had" = never at any point in your entire life.
But I meant what I said about not trying to learn this stuff yourself. That's why teachers and language classes exist. Believe me when I say that this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to English verbs.
- Chi girlLv 73 weeks ago
"I never had a cat" means you've lost the chance to have one.
"I've never had a cat" means you might get one in the future.