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Yes you can have PMS symptoms if you didn't ovulate, but they wouldn't be caused by PMS. How's that for confusing? LOL The symptoms associated with PMS can also be caused by other hormonal fluctuations too - like if your hormones rise because you're trying to ovulate, or if they crash because your body tried and failed to ovulate. So by themselves, symptoms aren't a conclusive way to know what's going on because any big hormonal fluctuation can cause them (PMS is reflects just one of those fluctuations).
If you don't want to temp, you can figure out if you're ovulating by monitoring your cervical mucus. But this requires proper training, because without temps you have to get A LOT more in depth with the CM to evaluate whether the mucus observed over a matter of days was an ovulatory pattern or not. There is an online course you can take or options for coaching from a live instructor (this is what I do IRL, with the Billings Ovulation Method).
You may want to try reading Taking Charge of Your Fertility as a start, and decide later if you want to do the training to learn a mucus only system of charting.
Without charting at all, if you menstruate fairly regularly....then you can probably assume you are ovulating. It's not concrete proof and there are women who bleed regularly without ovulation, but that's more rare. It is a good sign that everything is ok for most women.
The other way you'll know you are ovulating is if you conceive.