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    A test

    Hello,

    Could you check this test, please?

    Have you ____ tried it?
    ever
    never
    Either could be used. (Have you not ever never tried it would be also correct, am I right? as well as Have you not ever/never been there?)

    - Haven't you ____ been there?

    ever
    never( 'never' can't be used here, because two negatives shouldn't be used together)
    Either could be used.

    You cannot use 'ever' with the present simple. (Could you provide an example, please?)
    True
    False

    You can only use 'never' with the present perfect.
    True
    False (Eg., I never watch soap operas)

    Thanks

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    #2

    Re: A test

    Have you ____ tried it?
    ever
    never
    Either could be used. (Have you not ever never tried it would be also correct, am I right? as well as Have you not ever/never been there?)
    I got lost here. 'Have you never - not ever - tried it' is used colloquially, but I don't think I've heard the reverse order. The 'not ever' underlines the scepticism inherent in 'Have you never...' questions.

    In the general case, either could be used with very different meanings. 'Have you never...?' means 'Do you really expect me to believe you haven't? Pull the other one.' Or something like that.


    - Haven't you ____ been there?

    ever
    never( 'never' can't be used here, because two negatives shouldn't be used together) I wouldn't say 'shouldn't'; I'd say it's just meaningless.
    Either could be used.

    You cannot use 'ever' with the present simple. (Could you provide an example, please?)
    True
    False Do you ever go fishing?

    You can only use 'never' with the present perfect.
    True
    False (Eg., I never watch soap operas)
    (I didn't use the automatic quote, as the original was so heavily formatted.)

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    #3

    Re: A test

    I was somewhat confused by the rest of the thread but the first part appeared to be this:

    Could you check this test, please?

    Have you ____ tried it?
    ever
    never

    Either could be used.

    If that was indeed the question, then yes, you are right. Either could be used.

    Have you ever tried it? = Simple question. Have you tried it, at any point in your life up until right now.
    Have you never tried it? = Usually a question indicating surprise and a question that you would ask only after someone had probably already told you that they had never tried it.

    Examples:

    Me: I really like asparagus. Have you ever tried it?
    Sarah: No, I haven't.

    Sarah: Someone offered me asparagus the other day. I said no because I've never tried it.
    Me: Wow. Have you [really] never tried it? That's amazing. I thought everyone had tried it at least once. It's delicious.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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