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    Meaning of this phrase

    What is the meaning of this phrase "never cease to surprise me". Does (?) I've used it rightly in this sentence: "editors of some dailies never cease to surprise me"


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    ***neither a teacher nor a native-speaker***

    "never stop surprising me" sounds more natural to me.

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    Re: Meaning of this phrase

    Quote Originally Posted by razer View Post
    What is the meaning of this phrase "never cease to surprise me". Does (?) I've used it rightly in this sentence: "editors of some dailies never cease to surprise me"


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    razer, good morning.

    (1) "The editors of some dailies never cease to surprise me."

    (2) It means something like this: Every day they come up with something that surprises me. Cease = to stop. These editors never stop surprising me. Every day their newspapers have something that I never thought of or something that I thought they would be afraid to report.

    (3) This sentence could be used in a good sense. (I never thought that newspaper would report the news about that corrupt politician.)

    (4) Or it could be used in a negative sense. (That newspaper is always printing lies. But I never thought the editor would lie that much!)

    Have a nice day!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    ***neither a teacher nor a native-speaker***

    "never stop surprising me" sounds more natural to me.
    Perhaps its a matter of taste! But I've seen most people using "cease" instead of stop. See this link: "never cease to surprise" - Google Search

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    razer, good morning.

    (1) "The editors of some dailies never cease to surprise me."

    (2) It means something like this: Every day they come up with something that surprises me. Cease = to stop. These editors never stop surprising me. Every day their newspapers have something that I never thought of or something that I thought they would be afraid to report.

    (3) This sentence could be used in a good sense. (I never thought that newspaper would report the news about that corrupt politician.)

    (4) Or it could be used in a negative sense. (That newspaper is always printing lies. But I never thought the editor would lie that much!)

    Have a nice day!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    Cease = stop. Never cease = not stop
    Editors of some dailies do not stop surprising me.
    Editors of some dailies always surprise me.

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    razer: no problem with the way you stated it.

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    What is the meaning of this phrase "never cease to surprise me". Does (?) I've used it rightly in this sentence: "editors of some dailies never cease to surprise me"


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    Yes, you have used it correctly. It's "have" rather than "does".

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    Re: Meaning of this phrase

    the phrase "never cease to" is common usage. E.g. I never cease to wonder at his stupidity.


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    Re: Meaning of this phrase

    Originally Posted by razer
    What is the meaning of this phrase "never cease to surprise me". Does (?) I've used it rightly in this sentence: "editors of some dailies never cease to surprise me"


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    Yes! your sentence is correct.

    Thank you for your useful post.

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