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    Is 'ever' correctly used in the sentence?

    "The crisis we're facing today is the most critical natural disaster that ever happened in Thai history," Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra told reporters yesterday.

    Is 'ever' correctly used in the above sentence? If so, why is it correct although it is an affirmative utterance?

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    Re: Is 'ever' correctly used in the sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    "The crisis we're facing today is the most critical natural disaster that ever happened in Thai history," Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra told reporters yesterday.

    Is 'ever' correctly used in the above sentence? If so, why is it correct although it is an affirmative utterance?

    Thanks.
    What would you replace it with?

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    Re: Is 'ever' correctly used in the sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    What would you replace it with?
    Thanks, Bhaisahab.

    "The crisis we're facing today is the most critical natural disaster that ever happened in Thai history," Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra told reporters yesterday.

    I would replace 'ever' with 'has'.

    "The crisis we're facing today is the most critical natural disaster that has happened in Thai history," Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra told reporters yesterday.

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    Re: Is 'ever' correctly used in the sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Thanks, Bhaisahab.

    "The crisis we're facing today is the most critical natural disaster that ever happened in Thai history," Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra told reporters yesterday.

    I would replace 'ever' with 'has'.

    "The crisis we're facing today is the most critical natural disaster that has happened in Thai history," Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra told reporters yesterday.
    I agree with adding 'has', but I'd keep the 'ever'.
    The present perfect is indicated, since the disaster is happening now.
    'Ever' is not strictly necessary, but it's probably most common in this sort of construction.
    He could also have said, "... the most critical natural disaster ever to have happened ..."

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