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    Question the word " ever "

    We usually use the word "ever" with the present perfect in questions:
    Have you ever met him?
    my questions is :
    Is it correct to say:
    "Did you ever meet him?"
    or "Did you ever wonder why the sky is blue?"
    Is it completely wrong?
    ( Is this standard or spoken English?)
    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: the word " ever "

    Hi--

    It depends on the context.

    The present perfect always has present significance. If we are talking about general experience/feelings/etc up to this point in life, I might ask, "Have you ever met him?" or "Have you ever been to Manitoba?"

    If we are talking about our childhoods, and our experiences in that period (which is finished), I might ask, "Did you ever meet him?" or "Did you ever think when you were young that you'd end up living here?"

    I hope this helps!

    Mary

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