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    forever/for ever?

    Hi, I know 'forever' is an adverb but I saw the 'for ever' somewhere, I think it means 'forever' but don't know it is whether correct or not ? If it is correct, I wonder what part of sentence is the word 'ever' which stands after 'for' ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    Hi, I know 'forever' is an adverb but I saw the 'for ever' somewhere, I think it means 'forever' but don't know it is whether correct or not ? If it is correct, I wonder what part of sentence is the word 'ever' which stands after 'for' ?
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    Forever is one word but some use it as for ever which is also acceptable but the preferred use is one word.

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    Re: forever/for ever?

    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    Hi, I know 'forever' is an adverb but I saw the 'for ever' somewhere, I think it means 'forever' but don't know it is whether correct or not ? If it is correct, I wonder what part of sentence is the word 'ever' which stands after 'for' ?
    Thank you so much !
    "for ever" is an adverbial prepositional phrase.
    It occurs at the end of The Lord's Prayer: "For ever and ever, Amen."
    It also occurs in some other phrases: "for ever and a day".
    Note that "forever and a day" would be wrong, because "a day" would thereby be missing a preposition.

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    raymott, please explain adverbial prepositional phrase. what is lord prayer?
    An adverbial prepositional phrase is a prepositional phrase functioning as an adverb.
    The Lord's Prayer (note capitalisation) is a Christian prayer which includes the given phrase.


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    Re: forever/for ever?

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    Re: forever/for ever?

    that is a sentence fragment where is the verb that your adverbial prepositional phrase needs to modify? i think forever and for ever is uk / american difference.


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    An adverbial prepositional phrase is a prepositional phrase functioning as an adverb.
    The Lord's Prayer (note capitalisation) is a Christian prayer which includes the given phrase.
    answer please

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    Re: forever/for ever?

    I'm inclined to agree that it's regional variation.

    I'd say "forever."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: forever/for ever?

    Quote Originally Posted by moscowdance13 View Post
    that is a sentence fragment where is the verb that your adverbial prepositional phrase needs to modify?
    Are you saying I can't call something an adverb without there being a verb present?
    "Forever" and "for ever" are adverbs unless they are used in a grammatically uncharacteristic way.

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    Re: forever/for ever?

    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    Hi, I know 'forever' is an adverb but I saw the 'for ever' somewhere, I think it means 'forever' but don't know it is whether correct or not ? If it is correct, I wonder what part of sentence is the word 'ever' which stands after 'for' ?
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    ********** NOT A TEACHER **********

    Hello, CrazYgeek.

    (1) Thank you for your great question. I googled and found a book

    published in the year 1916 entitled A New English Grammar by Mr. Edward

    Sonnenschein and Ms. Edith Archibald.

    (a) They explained that ever is being used as a NOUN.

    (i) As you know, any word that follows a preposition such as for must be

    analyzed as a NOUN (or pronoun).

    (2) As the other posters told you, the word forever may sometimes

    be spelled as two words:

    I shall love you for ever (ever is a noun that means something like "a

    period of time that will never end." It means something like: I will love

    you for always. (I guess we can call always a noun, too, in that sentence.)


    (a) Here in the United States, we spell for ever as one word, but I personally think it should be two words (preposition + noun).

    (3) Sometimes it is better to use one word:

    He is forever telling us about all the famous people (whom) he knows.

    (a) In that sentence, it means something like: He never stops telling us.


    Thank you for making me learn more about this word.

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