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    Even and Ever

    What's the difference between "I can't even remember seeing him smile." and "I can't ever remember seeing him smile."?

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    Re: Even and Ever

    With the first, you have probably mentioned several things that you can't remember about this person. You are adding one more thing emphatically: He's a miserable guy. I can't remember him cracking a joke or laughing out loud. I can't even remember seeing him smile.

    With the second, you are emphasis the point in a different way by using n't ever (never).

    ​The underlying message is similar.


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