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    what is the latest book you have ever read? (need of ever)

    Hi,

    - What is the latest book you have ever read?

    - What is the latest book you have ever read in ten years?

    I tried to write two sentences. I would like to ask if the usage of 'ever' is grammatically OK or not. (I think both are OK but I am not sure)

    Thank you.

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    Re: what is the latest book you have ever read? (need of ever)

    "Ever" means throughout the whole time period. In this case, it would be the whole life of the person you are asking. Therefore, you cannot use "ever" with other time words/expressions such as "latest", "in ten years" .. etc.

    So you can say:

    What is the funniest book you have ever read ?
    What is the latest book you have read ?
    What is the scariest book you have read in ten years ?

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    Re: what is the latest book you have ever read? (need of ever)

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    What is the latest book you have read ?
    I am not a teacher.

    I agree with what you wrote about 'ever', but I would prefer, 'What's the last book you read?'

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    Re: what is the latest book you have ever read? (need of ever)

    The idea of "latest" doesn't work with specifying a time period. The latest book I read is the latest book I read, whether it was yesterday or 25 years ago.

    Unless you mean something I can't understand when you say "latest." I am assuming you mean the last book.

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