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    how to use "ever" in a sentence

    hi,guys?

    can you explain how to use "ever" in a sentence?
    CMIIW.......

    Can I say," I ever found it "





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    Re: how to use "ever" in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by areev View Post
    hi,guys?

    can you explain how to use "ever" in a sentence?
    CMIIW.......

    Can I say," I ever found it "





    THANKS A LOT.....
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    Good morning, areev.

    (1) This word means lots of different things.

    (a) A good dictionary could really give you some helpful examples.

    (2) I personally use it usually only in two cases:

    (a) Questions.

    (i) Have you ever visited Paris? That is, have you visited Paris AT LEAST one time in your life?

    (b) Negative.

    (i) I'm sorry. I will not ever do that again. That is, I promise that I will not do that again EVEN one more time.

    (c) There are other uses that I don't understand well, so I will let others explain them.

    (3) It might be helpful to remember that "never" = not + ever:

    (a) Have you EVER been to Paris? No, I have NEVER been there./ No, I haveN"T EVER been there.

    Have a nice day!

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    Re: how to use "ever" in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
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    Good morning, areev.

    (1) This word means lots of different things.

    (a) A good dictionary could really give you some helpful examples.

    (2) I personally use it usually only in two cases:

    (a) Questions.

    (i) Have you ever visited Paris? That is, have you visited Paris AT LEAST one time in your life?

    (b) Negative.

    (i) I'm sorry. I will not ever do that again. That is, I promise that I will not do that again EVEN one more time.

    (c) There are other uses that I don't understand well, so I will let others explain them.

    (3) It might be helpful to remember that "never" = not + ever:

    (a) Have you EVER been to Paris? No, I have NEVER been there./ No, I haveN"T EVER been there.

    Have a nice day!
    I was thinking along exactly the same lines. Almost every example I came up with was a question! In addition, I would agree that it can be used for emphasis:

    I will never, EVER do that again.

    However, even if that case, I would always use the word "never" before it.

    So, in a question, it means (usually) "at any time" either in the past or the future.

    Have you ever jumped out of a plane?
    Would you ever jump out of a plane?
    Do you think you will ever meet Brad Pitt?

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