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    Does "ever" change the meaning of the sentence?

    Hello,

    I would like your help in relation to these sentences:

    a) "If I ever won the lottery I would go abroad more often"

    b) "If I won the lottery I would go abroad more often"

    Is there any different in meaning between the two sentences?

    c) "If I were rich I would buy a new house"

    Could I say?:

    d) "If I ever were rich I would buy a new house"

    Are not all of them a second conditional?


    What about if I said: "If I ever win the lottery I would go abroad more often"

    Would that be possible?

    Thank you for your help.

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    Re: Does "ever" change the meaning of the sentence?

    The difference between a and b is that a shows that you think this is not likely to happen.

    I would say it's used for actions, not states, so it doesn't work in d.

    For your last one, use "will." If I [ever] win, I will... (If I won, I would; If I win, I will)

    Another use of "ever" is to express frustration that something has not happened yet.

    If you ever finish your homework, we can go do something fun. (Conveys annoyance that you are not finished yet.)
    If he ever gets here, we can eat.
    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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