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    Hello everyone

    I'd like to ask about the meaning of "ever" in the following context:

    We had parted from (but were still in sight of) our delightful newfound friends when a solitary male figure coming down the slope caught our attention. “That looks like St. Germain,” said my friend; leaving me blank, since I had never seen his picture. The man clad in a simple light-purple robe stopped, smiled, and nodded acknowledge-ment, hands together. On later viewing St. Germain’s photographs, I am ever more fully confident it was He.

    Does "ever" means the same as "even" (in this case) and is used for emphasis?

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    Re: ever

    Quote Originally Posted by KLPNO View Post
    Hello everyone

    I'd like to ask about the meaning of "ever" in the following context:

    We had parted from (but were still in sight of) our delightful newfound friends when a solitary male figure coming down the slope caught our attention. “That looks like St. Germain,” said my friend; leaving me blank, since I had never seen his picture. The man clad in a simple light-purple robe stopped, smiled, and nodded acknowledge-ment, hands together. On later viewing St. Germain’s photographs, I am ever more fully confident it was He.

    Does "ever" means the same as "even" (in this case) and is used for emphasis?
    Yes, in fact, I think it's a misprint for "even", since "ever" doesn't really fit.
    "Ever" can be used similar to this, but it means "over a period of time":
    As I practice swimming day after day, I am ever more confident I will get to the Olympics. This means you get more and more confident, but that meaning doesn't fit in your sentence. It should read "even".
    Last edited by Raymott; 26-Oct-2009 at 06:13.

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    Re: ever

    Agreed. I'm not sure the capitalization of He is appropriate either.

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    Re: ever

    Raymott, konungursvia, thank you very much!

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    Re: ever

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Agreed. I'm not sure the capitalization of He is appropriate either.
    I agree. I think 'He' is only used for God, not saints or angels, etc.

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