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Thread: only ever

    • Join Date: Feb 2007
    • Posts: 283

    only ever

    Please help me understand this sentence (underlined parts) :

    Personally, I only ever display sympathy to my fellow graduates.

    "only ever" is positive or negative ? He displays or doesn't display?

    • Join Date: Oct 2006
    • Posts: 19,434

    Re: only ever

    "I only ever show sympathy to my fellow students. I haven't time to be sympathetic to anyone else"

    "ever" adds emphasis to "only". The sentence works as well without it. I suppose you could say it is a negative in this context.


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