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    Default Have you ever seen a tiger before ?

    Have you ever seen a tiger before ?

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    I would appreciate it if you kindly let me know whether "ever" and "before" can be used together in the above sentence ?

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    Default Re: Have you ever seen a tiger before ?

    It sounds just right to me. (But it also sounds like something you would say as you were looking at a tiger, or plan to see a tiger in the very near future.)

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    Two people are looking at a tiger. One says to the other:
    Have you ever seen a tiger before?
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    Default Re: Have you ever seen a tiger before ?

    Yes! they can. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sariputra View Post
    Have you ever seen a tiger before ?

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    I would appreciate it if you kindly let me know whether "ever" and "before" can be used together in the above sentence ?
    Why not?

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    Default Re: Have you ever seen a tiger before ?

    With events occuring at an indefinited or unspecified time in the past -- with ever, never, before:

    Ex: Have you ever been to Tokyo before?

    Source: Verb Tense Chart. Scroll down to where it says Present Perfect.

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    Default Re: Have you ever seen a tiger before ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    With events occuring at an indefinited or unspecified time in the past -- with ever, never, before:


    Ex: Have you ever been to Tokyo before?
    Source: Verb Tense Chart. Scroll down to where it says Present Perfect.
    In real life one would most likely say:
    Have you ever been to Tokyo?
    However, if you knew someone was planning a trip to Tokyo you might say:
    Have you ever been to Tokyo before?
    Also, if you are talking to someone on a plane to Tokyo, you might say:
    Have you ever been to Tokyo before?
    Otherwise, most likely is:
    Have you ever been to Tokyo?
    (Context is everything.)


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    Default Re: Have you ever seen a tiger before ?

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    In real life one would most likely say:
    Have you ever been to Tokyo?
    The phrase In real life can be misleading, and I understand what you mean. If you're in Tokyo or, and as you mentioned, if you're on your way to Tokyo, then ever ... before (now) fits nicely.

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    Default Re: Have you ever seen a tiger before ?

    Thank you, Carb-D, RonBee, Mr-K, Harry Smith, Casiopea for your responses,which are very helpful to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sariputra View Post
    Have you ever seen a tiger before ?

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    I would appreciate it if you kindly let me know whether "ever" and "before" can be used together in the above sentence ?
    My two cents:

    I would appreciate it if you would kindly let me...

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