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LMED

Senior Member
Spanish
Hello, everyone!

Could anyone please tell me which of these options is gramatically the best?

(1) I happen not to have seen that before.
(2) I happen not to have ever seen that before.
(3) I happen never to have seen that before.

Thank you!
 
  • LMED

    Senior Member
    Spanish
    Hi, dreamlike!

    I would say, "I happen not to have ever seen that before."

    Thank you
     

    dreamlike

    Senior Member
    Polish
    Hi LMED

    Out of the options you have listed, I'd certainly go with (1).
    I wouldn't go so far as to say the other two are incorrect, but they doesn't sound good to me :thumbsdown:
     
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    LMED

    Senior Member
    Spanish
    A much more natural say of saying (1) is "I don't happen to have seen that before".
    Do you consider (1) synonym for (2)? If so, which one would you consider the better? If not, what is the difference?

    (1) If you did not happen to have seen this word before, then you could look it up in a dicitonary.
    (2) If you happened not to have seen this word before, then you could look it up in a dicitonary.


    Thank you
     

    e2efour

    Senior Member
    UK English
    I think my version is more natural than your original 1 and 2. The addition of everi doesn't seem to add anything. This applies to British English.
    But I don't think it's natural to say "If you didn't happen to have seen ........". I would write "Suppose you had never seen this word before....".

    But you give no context so it's not easy to decide.
     
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