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@ahmed_btm posted:

It is more natural to use this expression in the past simple.

I agree with Ahmed that it is more natural to use the past simple: "I never thought I'd see you here." The present perfect would not work in a sentence like this in this context. The speaker is seeing "you" "here." So the speaker can't use the present perfect, the time zone of which extends up to now.

We can, however, conceive of a context in which the present perfect would be OK to use in that sentence. It would be a context in which the speaker still has not yet, even now, seen the interlocutor at the place in reference. Consider the following dialogue:

A: Where are you now?
B: At the zoo.
A: You go there a lot. Are you surprised that you've never seen me there?
B: Actually, no. I've never thought that I would see you here.

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We can, however, conceive of a context in which the present perfect would be OK to use in that sentence. It would be a context in which the speaker still has not yet, even now, seen the interlocutor at the place in reference. Consider the following dialogue:

A: Where are you now?
B: At the zoo.
A: You go there a lot. Are you surprised that you've never seen me there?
B: Actually, no. I've never thought that I would see you here.

Thank you.

In the above context, can I write:

B: Actually, no. I've never thought that I will see you here.

If yes, then OK.

If no, would you please explain why?

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