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    "Ever"

    I am wondering about "ever" in questions and answers.

    Question: Have you ever been to America?

    Why can't we answer with: Yes, I have ever been to America.
    Why do we have to say: Yes, I have been to America. OR Yes, I have been to America before.

    Just wondering, because for every other type of question and answer, you can use the question directly in the answer (e.g. Did you swim yesterday? Yes, I swam yesterday).

    Thank you!

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    Re: "Ever"

    Quote Originally Posted by BboySeoul View Post
    I am wondering about "ever" in questions and answers.

    Question: Have you ever been to America?

    Why can't we answer with: Yes, I have ever been to America.
    Why do we have to say: Yes, I have been to America. OR Yes, I have been to America before.

    Just wondering, because for every other type of question and answer, you can use the question directly in the answer (e.g. Did you swim yesterday? Yes, I swam yesterday).

    Thank you!
    There are other words like that. One is "any".

    Do you have any money? Yes I have (some) money.

    "Or" is another.

    Would you like coffee or tea? If it doesn't matter, we say "Either would be fine".

    I'm sure there are others.

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