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    Trying to understand what that lone word "Ever" mean

    Hello everyone,I recently have come across some random websites and I happenned to find a couple of very short sentences but very interesting : "Nope. I didn't do it. Ever."- What is the lone word "Ever" in this example supposed to mean? Does it have anything to do with supporting of the meanings of the two previous sentences?- If I change that to "No. I didn't do it. Ever", does it really make any noticeable difference in its meaning? Why?Thanks.

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    Re: Trying to understand what that lone word "Ever" mean

    "Ever" simply means "at any time". Sometimes people add it as a single word to the end of a sentence for emphasis.

    I have never eaten a fig.
    I have never eaten a fig. EVER!

    Don't do that.
    Don't do that. EVER!!!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Trying to understand what that lone word "Ever" mean

    The idea is actually not ever. The negative idea carries over from the preceding sentence:

    I have never eaten a fig. (Not) ever.
    Don't do that. (Not) ever.

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