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    Re: the use of ever in reported speech

    Originally Posted by louhevly View Post
    Use "ever". "already" means something different.

    So, what's the difference ? I've always learnt that "ever" was only possible in questions.
    Again, thank you. Jean-Luc

    You can also use it in conditionals:

    If you ever come to Manresa, call me.

    "already" is usually used to talk about something that has happened before someone expects:

    Why aren't you doing your homework?
    I've already done it.

    Marta had her baby last night.
    Already?? (the baby wasn't due until next month)


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    Re: the use of ever in reported speech

    I don't know what the question is.

    In any case, you can use "ever" in ordinary speech. You might use it for emphasis. Examples:
    You never ever do it right.
    It's not ever been done that way before.
    In poetry "ever and ever" or "ever and always" is a very long time.

    Of course, you can use it in questions. Examples:
    When did you ever do that?
    Does she ever stop talking?

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