Past perfect

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  • Learnathon

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    English (Japanese American)
    The past perfect is fine. I would say before or until but not before until.
    Talking to a friend about blacking out at a club last night:

    It had never happened to me before! OR

    It has never happened to me before!

    I should use the present perfect because it's considered an experience?
     
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    se16teddy

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    English - England
    I think both are possible.
    In "It has never happened to me before" you are thinking of last night as being in the present, or thinking from the point of view of last night. "Never" here refers to a period of past time leading up to the present, and attracts the present perfect tense.
    In "It had never happened to me before" you are thinking of last night as being in the past.
     
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