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    any time with ever

    Do you ever go to the theater?

    Does the 'ever' above mean any time in the past, present & future?

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    Re: any time with ever

    " practical English usage" written by Michael Swan says that : ever can use with the meaning " whenever". That means you can use "ever" to refer past, present or even future tense :)

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    Re: any time with ever

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    Do you ever go to the theater?

    Does the 'ever' above mean any time in the past, present & future?

    Thanks a lot
    It doesn't ask about the past, and it doesn't ask about the future. It asks about the present. If you wanted to ask about the past you would say:
    "Did you ever go to the theater (when you were living in London, for example)."
    "Have you ever been to the theater (in your life)."
    For the future you would say:
    "Will you go to the theater (when you are in London, for example)."

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    Re: any time with ever

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It doesn't ask about the past, and it doesn't ask about the future. It asks about the present.
    What does the present really mean?

    I do not understand it because seconds ago can be considered the past, whereas seconds later can also be considered the future, so does the present really mean?

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