Is there a way to imply I didn't see a person earlier using "saw" instead of "see" or "seen"?

edit: I'd go with

I never saw you

as suggested by Rathony in the comments. I would've upvoted/accepted it had he answered it rather commented. Thanks though. :)

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    Since you are being so specific that you want to use 'saw', I think you should make an attempt yourself to show us the kind of sentence you require. We can then comment. Otherwise you will simply get a lot of guesses (and probably arguments between contributors) – chasly - reinstate Monica Nov 4 '15 at 11:35
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    You can use "never" as it doesn't require a bare-infinitive after it as in "I never saw you". You need to edit your question to be more specific. – user140086 Nov 4 '15 at 11:50
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    Before Anglophones got hooked on do-support, you could have said I saw him not. But there's a new generation of speakers who could probably say that today, since they're happy to sarcastically tack not on the end of any statement to assert that it's not true. – FumbleFingers Nov 4 '15 at 12:58

One could say "I never saw you there" as mentioned in a comment,

or, if you are giving some explanation, "I never even saw you there". which sounds more emphatic.

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"I saw no trace of you" or "I saw no sign of you"

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  • Hi, just a heads-up. Your answer appeared in a "Low Quality Posts" link. – user140086 Nov 4 '15 at 12:48
  • because it's short, shall I elaborate? :) – macraf Nov 4 '15 at 12:50
  • Why not. I don't see any problem with your answer, though. – user140086 Nov 4 '15 at 13:00

I will go with I saw no sight of you.

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