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    never ever, ever never

    Hi everyone!
    I would like to ask what's the difference between" never ever" and "ever never".
    I don't know whether I misunderstood their meanings.(I have read some examples.)
    I would think "never ever" means a matter will never happen in the future,or express firm will for not doing something in the future,
    While "ever never" means a matter in the past never happened ,to stress a fact.
    Is the above mentioned interpretation correct understanding?
    Thanks !

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    Re: never ever, ever never

    Where did you see "ever never"?

    You are correct in your understanding of "never ever." The "ever" is for emphasis.

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    Re: never ever, ever never

    I have seen an example which is "He ever never opened his book."on a internet bilingual dictionary ,
    It's interpretation is that he didn't open his book once before.
    Is this a correct usage?

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    Re: never ever, ever never

    Quote Originally Posted by hotapplepie View Post
    I have seen an example which is "He ever never opened his book."on a internet bilingual dictionary ,
    It's interpretation is that he didn't open his book once before.
    Is this a correct usage?
    No. "Ever never" is not a normal expression. It doesn't flow like "never ever."

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    Re: never ever, ever never

    Quote Originally Posted by hotapplepie View Post
    I have seen an example which is "He ever never opened his book."on an internet bilingual dictionary ,
    The first two examples on this page are not natural English.

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