I have a question related to the usage of 'never'. I have heard native speakers use 'never' when they want to negate something emphatically. And they use 'never' instead of "did not verb1" to negate.
Here are a couple of example sentences:
Me: Hey john, did you told Shyam that you dislike me?
John: It's a lie. I never said/did not say that.
To me "did not say" is more grammatically correct but I often hear native speakers use 'never' in this kind of context. I would not use "present perfect tense" in the context as I was referring a specific event in the past.
- I never went/did not go to Australia when I was a child but after getting a job I went there last year.
I think both forms can be used in the above context.
- I never was a/was not a good student when I was in school but I was good at drawing.
I think the "never was" is more emphatic but both forms can be used. Can I use never instead of "did not verb1" when I want to negate specific events in past emphatically? Native speakers, I want your opinions.