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    Hi,

    What ever is that strange contraption you've got in the garage?


    Does the "ever" mean "always" here?

    Thanks a lot

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    It's just emphatic

    What the heck is...
    What in the world is.. .
    What ever is ...

    Same meaning.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: ever

    I sadly observe that you've reverted to a single word, unhelpful title, Silverobama.

    What ever is that strange contraption? would have been better.

    You actually need the interrogative pronoun whatever, which as Barb said is more emphatic than the simple what.

    Rover

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    Default Re: ever

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    What ever is that strange contraption? would have been better.

    You actually need the interrogative pronoun whatever, which as Barb said is more emphatic than the simple what.
    I have to disagree with you there, Rover. What is the interrogative, ever adds the element of emphasis/surprise/anger/etc. Whatever (= It does not matter what) is used differently.

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