The past perfect is used to talk about an earlier past situation of two past situations.

Supposing I started trying pomegranate a few seconds ago. Would it be natural in this case to say "I had never tried pomegranate until now."? Or should I say "I have never tried pomegranate until now." while I'm munching pomegranate?

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As that past situation relates to almost the present moment, just a few seconds ago, the present perfect is suitable.

I have never tried pomegranate until now.

  • And then, a moment later and forever after, it’s the past perfect that is suitable: “I had never tried pomegranate until just then,” and a bit later “…a few minutes ago,” and then “…earlier today,” etc. Oct 30, 2023 at 9:56
  • @PaulTanenbaum sorry, I don't get it. Do you disagree with the answer?
    – Let
    Oct 30, 2023 at 10:11
  • Maybe I am disagreeing slightly. In any case, the instant the trying has been completed, present perfect stops being possible. Oct 30, 2023 at 10:12
  • Do you disagree with what is said in this video from 3:17 to 5:15? The link: youtu.be/iLcAdXlid0w?si=GR1I-KlrMTn3969w
    – Let
    Oct 30, 2023 at 10:20

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