Two questions about an article


I have two questions about the artile in


Shouldn’t we say: I never had any chance to …


I know the sentence is talking about the past. But I think a person’s native language will never change. Can I rewrite the sentence by changing was to is without changing the tense of the main clause?

Thank you.


  1. Right, “I had never any chance” is not a very natural word order. Usually you would say “I never had any chance”.

  2. This sentence is more natural with “was”.

Thanks, Dozy.

I have one more question:


Is the article “The” before “English language” redundant?

No, it is required.