I had never been here before?

I have never been here before?

Which one from these two is correct? The one in present perfect or the other in past perfect?

I came across both.

The "before" in the end confuses, so i think i have to use past perfect.


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The before isn't relevant to the tense. It can be there in any case, just its meaning is relative to the 'time' of the sentence.

The construction "never been here before" means that the person speaking is talking about a time they were here for the first time. If it's in present perfect, it means they are there for the first time now. If it's in the past perfect, it means they are talking about a time in the past when they were there for the first time.

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