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recently I faced up this kinda sentence and I wonder which one is grammatically correct? (I'm not a native English speaker)

I never thought someone would have written this article.

or

I never would have thought someone would have written this article.

or, if none of them are proper sentences, can you write the correct one similar to these?

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  • I think both are grammatically correct. Most people would probably say the first one.
    – Barmar
    Commented Feb 6, 2017 at 21:38
  • Or I never would have thought that someone would write that article.
    – Jim
    Commented Feb 6, 2017 at 21:49
  • Thanks for your answers, I have one more question, is there any particular difference between those two sentences, I've written above and this third one?
    – Che...
    Commented Feb 6, 2017 at 22:02

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They're both grammatical, and in principle have different meanings (though in practice there's probably little difference).

I never thought that ...

The simple past makes a categorical statement: I have never had that thought (or held that belief).

I never would have thought that ...

"Would have" is making the stronger claim that not only did I not think it, but I could not possibly have thought it.

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