0

Of course, I don't think you broke the window. The thought never even ....... my mind.

  1. crossed
  2. has crossed

Which one is correct? Are both possible here?

1
  • 2
    The way you're presented the alternatives is wrong. The two possibilities (both perfectly valid) are 1) The thought never even crossed my mind and 2) The thought has never even crossed my mind. That second (Perfect) version is extremely unlikely in your exact context, but it might work better in some context involving a longer timescale (We've been married 20 years, and the thought that you might be gay has never occurred to me). But mostly, you should just avoid unnecessary Perfect verb forms. Mar 7, 2023 at 16:25

1 Answer 1

2
  • (1) The thought never even crossed my mind. Green check mark, indicating normal form
  • (2) The thought has never even crossed my mind. Green check mark, indicating normal form
  • (2A) The thought has never crossed my mind. Green check mark, indicating normal form
  • (3) The thought never even has crossed my mind.Red X, indicating unacceptable form

Sentence (1) is in very common usage. Indeed it is almost a fixed phrase. Sentence (2) using the prefect construction, is also used, and is quite aceptable, but is significantly less usual. The variant in sentence (2A) is significantly more common than the one in (2), although still less usual than (1). All of these are natural and acceptable uses in standard English.

Sentence (3) is not natural. The auxiliary "has" is not commonly placed after modifiers in this way..

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .