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    What's your opinion?

    This was asked by a student online (it was in his test):

    This is the story I have ____ heard. It's very interesting , isn't it?

    A.ever
    B.never
    C.hardly
    D.often
    Which would you choose?

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    Re: What's your opinion?

    Quote Originally Posted by shane
    This was asked by a student online (it was in his test):

    This is the story I have ____ heard. It's very interesting , isn't it?

    A.ever
    B.never
    C.hardly
    D.often
    Which would you choose?
    I would choose "often". It seems to me that the question turns on the words "this" and "the". If you change them to "that" and "a", both "often" and "never" seem to work.

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    Re: What's your opinion?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork

    I would choose "often". It seems to me that the question turns on the words "this" and "the". If you change them to "that" and "a", both "often" and "never" seem to work.
    Nice one, cheers Mike! :D

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    Re: What's your opinion?

    Quote Originally Posted by shane
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork

    I would choose "often". It seems to me that the question turns on the words "this" and "the". If you change them to "that" and "a", both "often" and "never" seem to work.
    Nice one, cheers Mike! :D
    Howdy, Shane! :wink:

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    Re: What's your opinion?

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    Howdy, Shane! :wink:
    Wassup! 8)

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    Suppose after A told B a story, then A would say:

    This is the story I have ever heard. It's very interesting , isn't it?

    (right?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesse Huang
    Suppose after A told B a story, then A would say:

    This is the story I have ever heard. It's very interesting , isn't it?

    (right?)
    No. To use "ever" there, one would need a modifier before "story".

    This is the best story I have ever heard.
    This is the first story I have ever heard.
    This is the worst story I have ever heard.
    This is the longest story I have ever heard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesse Huang
    Suppose after A told B a story, then A would say:

    This is the story I have ever heard. It's very interesting , isn't it?

    (right?)
    That seems to be a common error in usage here in China. I often hear things like:

    - I have ever been to Bejing.
    - My teacher has ever taught me this.
    - I have ever seen this movie.

    :)

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