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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 !
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.
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.
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.
(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.