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    Default ever in conditional sentences

    Would anybody please explain to me how ever can be used in conditional sentences and whether it can change the meaning off the sentence


    If she ever passes the exam, I will give her a present

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    Default Re: ever in conditional sentences

    Yes, it can. It means 'at any time'.

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    Default Re: ever in conditional sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Mohammed263 View Post
    Would anybody please explain to me how ever can be used in conditional sentences and whether it can change the meaning off the sentence


    If she ever passes the exam, I will give her a present

    Thanks
    'Ever' conveys doubt about her passing the exam.

    I don't think she'll pass the exam (she was always so lazy) but if she ever passes ...

    Mind you, it depends on how you stress "ever", the tone of your voice. Otherwise it simply bears the meaning of 'at any time'.
    Last edited by Snowcake; 18-Mar-2009 at 11:33.

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