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Let's say you are on a journey to your friend's house. Then before you get there, you come across a dead-end street, which you never thought of, finally, you and your friend meet. Then you say:

''Oh finally I got here!, there was a dead-end street I came across before I got here, and I'd never thought there will be one.''

Or

''Oh finally I got here!, there was a dead-end street I came across before I got here, and I never thought there will be one.''

Which is correct?

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  • You are on a journey, not your. I think it would be better to say "I never knew there was a dead-end street there".
    – anouk
    Apr 13, 2018 at 16:54

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First of all, neither of your example sentences are correct. Not because of "I'd never" versus "I never" but because of a few other issues—most notably "there will be one."

They can be rephrased in a couple of ways. (I will also simplify to focus on the essential elements.)

  • "Oh, I finally got here! I came across a dead-end street I had never thought was there."

  • "Oh, I finally got here! I came across a dead-end street I never thought would be there."

Depending on what you change will be to will determine which of the two you would use.

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  • Can I say: "Oh, I finally got here! I came across a dead-end street I had never thought was there before I reached this place.
    – John Arvin
    Apr 14, 2018 at 8:58
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    Yes that's grammatically correct. However, it's slightly awkward. I had to stop and reread the sentence before I realized that you were using "[before] I reached this place" instead of "I had never thought was there [before]." Because of how it's read, you first assume that "before" goes at the end of he previous part of the sentence. But it's technically correct, and only slightly awkward. Apr 14, 2018 at 14:22
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    A change that avoids any confusion at all: "Oh, I finally got here! Before I reached this place, I came across a dead-end street I had never thought was there." Apr 14, 2018 at 14:23

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