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    ever

    If ever you and your family are in Las Vegas I would love for you to be guests at my show!

    What does 'ever' mean here? If I delete it, does the sentence mean the same thing?
    If I make any mistakes in English, please let me know!

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    Re: ever

    It would be more natural to move ever in that sentence. "If you and your family are ever in Las Vegas..."

    It means at some indeterminate time in the future. If you remove it you would be asking whether they are in Las Vegas now.
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    Re: ever

    The "for" in your sentence is unnecessary, in my opinion.

    ... I would love you to be ...

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    Re: ever

    I take it to mean 'Whenever you and your family are in Las Vegas, I would ...'.
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    Re: ever

    If you and your family are in Las Vegas, whenever it is, I would ...
    It is a possibility rather than an assumption.
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    Re: ever

    I would use "whenever that may/might be" instead of "whenever it is" in such contexts.

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    Re: ever

    Quote Originally Posted by Maybo View Post
    If ever you and your family are in Las Vegas I would love for you to be guests at my show!
    This sentence displays two aspects of American usage. Although more formal writing would place the adverb ever after the verb it modifies, are, we often move it forward.

    We would, I think, nearly always say I would love for you to do whatever.
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    Re: ever

    I didn't say it was wrong but unnecessary.

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    Re: ever

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    I didn't say it was wrong but unnecessary.
    I think most Americans would prefer to include it.
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    Re: ever

    I had found many examples here before I made my first post, of course.

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