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    Dear teachers,

    Please read the sentence:

    Ever nearer drew the hounds.
    The sentence should be: The hounds drew ever nearer. Could you please explain the meaning of the word 'ever'?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: ever

    It's rather poetic writing, in the original and in your re-write.

    Constantly, continuously... they drew nearer and nearer.

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    Dear Barb_D,
    Did you mean I can simply ignore the word 'ever'?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    It's rather poetic writing, in the original and in your re-write.

    Constantly, continuously... they drew nearer and nearer.

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    Ever adds meaning. ever - Definitions from Dictionary.com

    Does that help?

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    #5

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    Dear Cas,
    The following is what I found in the website you gave me.
    1.at all times; always: an ever-present danger; He is ever ready to find fault. 2.continuously: ever since then. 3.at any time: Have you ever seen anything like it? 4.in any possible case; by any chance; at all (often used to intensify or emphasize a phrase or an emotional reaction as surprise or impatience): How did you ever manage to do it? If the band ever plays again, we will dance.

    But I don't know which is close to the meaning. Is it No.4?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang


    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Ever adds meaning. ever - Definitions from Dictionary.com

    Does that help?

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    Re: ever

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post

    Dear Cas,
    The following is what I found in the website you gave me.
    1.at all times; always: an ever-present danger; He is ever ready to find fault. 2.continuously: ever since then. 3.at any time: Have you ever seen anything like it? 4.in any possible case; by any chance; at all (often used to intensify or emphasize a phrase or an emotional reaction as surprise or impatience): How did you ever manage to do it? If the band ever plays again, we will dance.

    But I don't know which is close to the meaning. Is it No.4?
    None of the above. The meaning isn't modern. Ever nearer is another way of saying, very close or closer and closer.

    Please note, dictionary.com houses more than one dictionary. You seemed to have looked at the first entry only. Try scrolling down next time.

    ever
    adverb

    1. at any time; "did you ever smoke?"; "the best con man of all time"

    2. at all times; all the time and on every occasion; "I will always be there to help you"; "always arrives on time"; "there is always some pollution in the air"; "ever hoping to strike it rich"; "ever busy" [syn: always] [ant: ne'er]

    => 3. (intensifier for adjectives) very; "she was ever so friendly"

    WordNet® 3.0, © 2006 by Princeton University.

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    Re: ever

    &
    I thought they are different dictionaries but the meaning should be the same.
    Now I understand it. Many thanks!
    Jiang



    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    None of the above. The meaning isn't modern. Ever nearer is another way of saying, very close or closer and closer.

    Please note, dictionary.com houses more than one dictionary. You seemed to have looked at the first entry only. Try scrolling down next time.

    ever
    adverb

    1. at any time; "did you ever smoke?"; "the best con man of all time"

    2. at all times; all the time and on every occasion; "I will always be there to help you"; "always arrives on time"; "there is always some pollution in the air"; "ever hoping to strike it rich"; "ever busy" [syn: always] [ant: ne'er]

    => 3. (intensifier for adjectives) very; "she was ever so friendly"

    WordNet® 3.0, © 2006 by Princeton University.

    Does that help?

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