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I know that combination of Present Perfect and Past Simple is okay in some cases but I need help now.

I never said I wanted to do that.

That is correct.

I have never said I want to do that.

This is also correct.

But what about this sentence:

I have never said I wanted to do that?

Please help!

  • Your sentences are correct. To me that would mean "Never before in the past have I stated that I wanted to do that". – Element115 Mar 5 '18 at 21:01
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Because native speakers are not perfectly unanimous in their use of tense combinations, I have never said that I wanted to do that can be understood to mean either of these things:

I have never said ...

"I wanted to do that"

or

"I want to do that".

If we use the past perfect, we can make it clear and unambiguous, at least to those native speakers who agree on what the past perfect means in such utterances:

I have never said that I had wanted to do that

would mean

I have never said ...

"I wanted to do that"

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Your sentence

I have never said I wanted to do that

is correct and means

at no time in the past have I ever said I wanted to do that

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