"have never heard" or "had never heard": Which one should I use in the sentence?

"Today, I attended a birthday ceremony. I was there for a few hours. The place was decorated well. There I heard a song that had a very good melody. it is so amazaing that I can not forget the melody of the song. I had never/have never heard that song before."


The present perfect designates a present state arising out of a past event: in the present, when you are describing the song, you obviously have heard it, so you must use the past perfect, had never, here, to designate your state before you heard it.

  • @user254288 - In that case, I think either had or have is appropriate, because the situation is still current, although the song is finished. The longer ago and more complete the situation is, the more had is correct.
    – stangdon
    Oct 24 '17 at 22:11

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