Sorry, I've got a question to the native English speakers, is it correct to use "never" in questions? As far as I know we should use "ever" for questions and affirmatives. TY
I can't explain it myself well, so perhaps it's better to just put this link here: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/64329/use-of-never-in-questions
I guess it's safer to make the main English answer "You have never eaten beef?", though.
The best English translation should be "Haven't you ever eaten beef?" The current version "You have never eaten beef?" should be accepted but not preferred, for two reasons: * it's not standard to start an English question with a pronoun like "you," it should normally start with an auxiliary like "have", and * it's not standard to use "never" in an English question unless for emphasis in which case it would be "Have you NEVER eaten beef?"
Well, this is more of a 'surprised question'. So 'never' is indeed emphasized.
Does "Nigdy nie zjedliście wołowiny?" sound weird by any chance? I was thinking in aspekt dokonany(perfective) since "Have never eaten beef" in English sounds like perfective and not continuous in my opinion. For "nigdy nie jedliście wołowiny," I would think it more as "Have you never been eating beef (your whole life)?" if that makes sense... :S
It does not sound that weird, but unusual. Until you start thinking about the difference, and the fact "nigdy nie jadłeś" is more "you never tasted/tried", and "nigdy nie zjadłeś" is more you were never able to swallow it/ finish the meal.
The suggested solution "Did you never eat beef?" is a really weird suggestion. That doesn't sound natural at all to me
Now it shows this suggestion: "Had y'all never eaten beef?" Well, I guess it works in the South, but it is very informal. But this implies they have tried it recently for the first time. "Have…" would imply they have never eaten it.
Why not, "You never ate beef?" And why not, "You have never eaten beef?"
Look at your sentences. You propose a sentence in Past Simple with affirmative word order and say that "Did you never eat beef?" is incorrect which is also in Past Simple. The second sentence also has affirmative word order..
There's nothing wrong with "Did you never eat beef?" An example could be: When I lived in the deep south I decided to go vegetarian for a year. Did you never eat beef?
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Why is "did you never eat beef" wrong. I do not quite understand zagadka, who finds it weird. It's just an example, and like many others, I do not see where I could use it in a conversation, a little more though, than " our child is a penguin" :-D
Did you never eat beef only works when you're referring to a time period in the past that has ended but it should still be accepted.