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    ever

    'ever' means 'at any time' and we know that most of the time 'any' is used in negative or question sentences. Can we infer that 'ever' is only, or usually, used in negative or question sentences?
    Examples:
    I never ever go to gym.
    Do you ever go to gym?

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    Re: ever

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    'ever' means 'at any time' and we know that most of the time 'any' is used in negative or question sentences. Can we infer that 'ever' is only, or usually, used in negative or question sentences?
    Examples:
    I never ever go to the gym.
    Do you ever go to the gym?
    Note that you need the article before "gym". You will hear "I never ever ..." but it's really unnecessary. It should be simply "I never ...". So "ever" is used in the interrogative. It can be used in conditional statements:

    If I ever go to Spain, I will definitely visit the Alhambra Palace.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: ever

    So if I want to categorize, can I say ever is usually used in questions, negative sentences and conditional sentences?

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    Re: ever

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    So if I want to categorize, can I say ever is usually used in questions, negative sentences and conditional sentences?
    Questions and conditionals, yes. You can say it's used in negative sentences but, as I said, it's unnecessary (potentially it would be marked as incorrect under test conditions) when it follows the word "never". Choose either "I never do that" or "I don't ever do that".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: ever

    Unfortunately for your categorisation, it can also be used in positive indicative sentences.

    "They lived happily ever after."
    "I will love you for ever."
    "He's been thinking about that for ever and a day."
    "She's been doing that ever since April."
    "He was ever so sorry." (Unusual meaning)
    ever - definition of ever by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia. and elsewhere.

    Sometimes 'forever' can be used instead of 'for ever'.

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    Re: ever

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Unfortunately for your categorisation, it can also be used in positive indicative sentences.

    "They lived happily ever after."
    "I will love you for ever."
    "He's been thinking about that for ever and a day."
    "She's been doing that ever since April."
    "He was ever so sorry." (Unusual meaning)
    ever - definition of ever by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia. and elsewhere.

    Sometimes 'forever' can be used instead of 'for ever'.
    True, though in each one of those sentences, "ever" forms part of a two-word phrase which has its own meaning:

    ever after = forever
    for ever = forever
    ever since =since
    ever so = very
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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