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    Federer is the best player to (ever) live - correct or not?

    Hello all.

    I know I can say: Federer is the best player to have ever lived.


    However I am curious to know whether the following sentences are correct :

    - Federer is the best player to ( ever ) live.
    - Federer is the best player to (ever) live on this planet.

    To me these two sentences doesn´t sound ok but I haven´t been learning English that long to be 100%. I am not quite sure whether "ever" is necessary in these sentences.


    Thank you very much :)

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    #2

    Re: Federer is the best player to (ever) live - correct or not?

    If you want to say he is the best player ever you don't have to add the "to live" part.

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    #3

    Re: Federer is the best player to (ever) live - correct or not?

    Is tennis played on other planets?
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    #4

    Re: Federer is the best player to (ever) live - correct or not?

    Federer is the best player ever works better for me.

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    #5

    Re: Federer is the best player to (ever) live - correct or not?

    Thank you.

    But still..is my original sentence acceptable ? Please tell me.

    - Federer is the best player to (ever) live.

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    #6

    Re: Federer is the best player to (ever) live - correct or not?

    It's not acceptable to me — with or without 'ever'.

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    #7

    Re: Federer is the best player to (ever) live - correct or not?

    Well, it's a grammatical sentence. However, better would be:

    Federer is the best player in the history of the game.

    Or something of that sort.

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    #8

    Re: Federer is the best player to (ever) live - correct or not?

    If you want to take it to the absolute limits, you could use something like the following:

    Federer is the best player to have walked the face of the earth.

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    #9

    Re: Federer is the best player to (ever) live - correct or not?

    As a stand-alone sentence, we must mention the game he is (arguably) the best player of.

    We have to acknowledge that a sizeable proportion of the world's population has never heard of him.

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    #10

    Re: Federer is the best player to (ever) live - correct or not?

    Best. Tennis player. Ever.

    That's how the young folks do it these days.
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