he never could have thought that

barneyventure

Senior Member
french
what would be better ?

he never could have thought that this album...
he never would have thought that this album ...

Can we drop the "that" after "thought" ?
What about "have figured out" or "have imagined"
 
  • Thomas Tompion

    Senior Member
    English - England
    The action happens in the past ... Ten years ago, when he released this record ....
    I wanted to know how you wanted the sentence to continue.

    He never would have thought that the album could take off like that.
    He never could have imagined that the album would be such a success.

    I'm saying that the verb and tense in the that-clause affects our choice.
     

    manska86

    Senior Member
    UK English
    Shouldn't the never come after the 'would'? Or is it better before it? He would never have thought that...
     

    manska86

    Senior Member
    UK English
    Ok. I wasn't sure if it made a difference. I'm from London so I can't guarantee perfect syntax! :)
     

    moo bottle

    Member
    England, English
    Shouldn't the never come after the 'would'? Or is it better before it? He would never have thought that...
    I believe you can say both, however I believe that most people would say "He would never have thought that" :)

    Hope that helps :)
     
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