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I'm not a native speaker. I have some question on the grammar of present perfect tense. Is this sentence self-contradictory?

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    Please edit this. What is the sentence you're unclear about - the title? Then put that in the text with a > in front (quote). – Jan Doggen May 14 at 14:26
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We don't use never with a bounded time period such as this year.

We do use

  • "... I have not been there this year" (typically means you have been there, just not this year)
  • "... I have never been there"

We do use it with completely unbounded time (ever) or partially bound (before X/after X)

  • "I have never been there ever" (emphatic)
  • "I have never been there before this year" (but I went this year)
  • "I have never been there until this year" (I went this year)
  • "He never went there after 1956 (implies he went before then)

This is standard English; note that non-standard variants vary in this matter.

  • Thank you very much! – poplardsky May 14 at 13:50

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