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"We are very sorry that your disk never arrived"

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BluTac Fri 07-Jan-11 16:52:46

Doesn't sound quite right to me. Shouldn't it be "We are very sorry that your disk didn't arrive" or "We are sorry you didn't receive your disk" ?

BluTac Fri 07-Jan-11 19:47:19


GrimmaTheNome Fri 07-Jan-11 19:50:14

I think 'didn't' would sound better but 'never' is OK.

BluTac Fri 07-Jan-11 19:55:59

So it is correct but could have been written better?

bluejeans Fri 07-Jan-11 19:59:21

Shouldn't it be disc?

orienteerer Fri 07-Jan-11 20:01:04

It should have been disc........??

BluTac Fri 07-Jan-11 20:02:31

Yeah the "disk" bit was my mistake blush

orienteerer Fri 07-Jan-11 20:08:22

Ahh, in which case I'd go for "disc did not arrive" (not didn't).

BluTac Fri 07-Jan-11 20:10:48

Why did not? Just because it sounds better, or another reason?

thisisyesterday Fri 07-Jan-11 20:14:07

actually i think disc and disk are both acceptable

disk normally refers to a computer disk

BluTac Fri 07-Jan-11 20:17:16

In this case it's a DVD, perhaps I'm redeemed then? grin

orienteerer Fri 07-Jan-11 20:41:25

"did not" is just my pedantic preference!

GrimmaTheNome Fri 07-Jan-11 21:08:53

I was assuming you meant computer disk - my DH did receive one today. grin

But why is it disk for computer and disc for cd/dvd? confused

BluTac Fri 07-Jan-11 21:21:03

this explains the difference
So I was wrong, but still think "never arrived" sounds not quite right

thisisyesterday Fri 07-Jan-11 21:21:09

i think it used to be disk, originally

then, when people got all clever and started going back to latin roots etc they decided that disc was proper, and started using that

then, when computers were invented the Americans (IBM specifically iirc) started using disk again

tearinghairout Fri 07-Jan-11 21:25:28

Back to the OP - to me it sounds as if something is missing. Maybe there should be a 'has', as in 'We are sorry that your disc has never arrived'.

GrimmaTheNome Fri 07-Jan-11 23:11:28

I think maybe it sounds wrong because it has undertones of a small guilty child "You stole a cookie" - "No I never"

prism Fri 07-Jan-11 23:31:35

Personally I don't think it's all that exceptionable but saying "never" can only really apply to a process or a hypothetical event, not a single real one. This sentence is sort of saying that the disk arrived... never. Which doesn't make sense. You could say "Disks from X company never arrive" like you can say it never rains in the Atacama Desert, but to identify one instance of an event and then say it never happened it inherently contradictory.

nickelbabyjesus Sat 08-Jan-11 14:27:36

never is correct because it has been given several chances to arrive (ie the postman came every day), but because of the sloppy use of never to mean didn't, I would avoid it - did not arrive is the neatest and best-looking way of putting it.

nickelbabyjesus Sat 08-Jan-11 14:29:21

Grimma - it's the norm in Estuary English.

My automatic response now when I hear "never" is "didn't" - DH does it ALL THE TIME and it drives me nutty .

BluTac Sat 08-Jan-11 15:23:07

nickel, yes, that's what I mean! That's why it sounds wrong to me.

MrsNoggin Wed 12-Jan-11 12:14:30

I thought didn't is only acceptable in written speech. Otherwise it should be did not. Though I may have just had an over-zealous English teacher!

But never arrived does not sound quite right to me. And I would prefer them to apologise rather than be sorry. But again I am just a bit fussy...

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