"Harris Should Have Never Run for President" is the title of an article from the Los Angeles Times about Senator Harris' run for President.
When I read it the placement of "never" really grated, but I am not sure why. I would have said:
Harris Should Never Have Run for President
Harris Never Should Have Run for President
However, I am having a hard time coming up with the appropriate rules to determine the correct placement of "never", and what, if any, semantic differences there are between the three placements. Can someone enlighten me?
(Obviously, comments on the merits or demerits of Senator Harris or the related article are completely OT. I am just interested in the grammar.)
A couple of notes: firstly, it looks like the Los Angeles Times has corrected this to "should never have run". Secondly, the discussion about it being a title is a bit of a red herring. I agree that titles do have less constraints on their grammatical form since they must be short and impactful. However, as commenters have pointed out, in this case the title was simply an excerpt from the first sentence of the article. So if y'all prefer we can discuss that first sentence rather than the title.
It has been suggested that this is a duplicate of this, and it is certainly similar. However, there is an important distinction: here the "never" is inserted into the middle of a group of words that together make up the verb "should have run" rather than just before or after the verb as addressed in the putative duplicate.