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Does it need to be in base form, present tense , past tense , past participle or continual tense ? EXAMPLE: She never (*forget/ forgets/ forgot / forgotten/ forgetting ) to do her homework.

  • Forgotten and forgetting are participles and can't be used as main verbs without auxiliary verbs. That leaves out the last two. All of the first 3 are OK, but forgets requires a Third Person Singular noun phrase (like she) as its subject, and forget requires any other kind of noun phrase (first or second person, or third plural). Forgot, the past tense, is OK with any subject. The word never has nothing to do with the verb, except that it must either go after the first auxiliary verb, or right before the main verb if there is no auxiliary (as here). – John Lawler Oct 13 '14 at 19:48
  • Hello, Alice. Unfortunately, this is not a question appropriate to this site. – Edwin Ashworth Oct 13 '14 at 19:48
  • @JohnLawler You say: The word never...must either go after the first auxiliary verb, or right before the main verb if there is no auxiliary. How about: 'I never have forgotten the look on her face when she saw me suddenly appear'? Never is before the auxiliary and it sounds alright to me! – WS2 Oct 13 '14 at 20:10
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    @WS2: Well, the actual rule is that never must go immediately before a constituent that contains its focus, like all focussed words. I didn't really want to try to explain all that here. In the sentence at issue, that consists of two positions, which I articulated. At times I mention general rules like the roles of focus and constituent with negatives and quantifiers, but my experience here is that nobody pays attention to them; people seem to prefer inferring general rules from individual analyses instead. – John Lawler Oct 13 '14 at 20:46
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The word 'never' is not a verb at all. It is an Adverb of Time. It modifies the verb (forget, in this case) associating it with time. It can thus, be used in any tense.

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