Spanish negative sentences with "nunca"
If we want to make a negative sentence in Spanish to express You never [do something] we use the adverb nunca (never), and we generally follow one of the following formulas:
1. No + [sentence] + nunca
2. Nunca + [affirmative sentence]
When using the double negative no and nunca, the word nunca doesn't always have to be placed at the very end of the sentence. You could place it anywhere after the verb, and regardless of the position the meaning of the sentence remains the same.
Bear in mind that when the verb comes with direct object, indirect object or reflexive pronouns, these can't be separated from the verb.
Have a look:
Also, the subject (if there is an explicit one) tends to be in front of nunca, not after:
With perfect tenses you need to be careful not to break the verbal structure. You cannot place nunca between the auxiliary haber and the participle. For example:
English speakers sometimes make this mistake because in English it is possible to place "never" between the auxiliary have and the main verb, while in Spanish this is incorrect.
Hemos nunca estado en un parque temático.
Ella no había nunca cocinado ese plato.
There is a bit more flexibility when we have negative sentences with "nunca" using modal verbs like deber (must) or poder (to be able to).
Note that to say "hardly ever/nearly never/rarely" we use "casi nunca"
See also Forming negative sentences using no in Spanish (negation).
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