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    My teacher has ever said that she doesn't enjoy teaching.

    Is 'ever' correctly used?

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    Re: ever said

    Yes, but it is archaic, so people will tell you it's wrong even though it's okay.

    Most people will now say this:

    My teacher has always said she doesn't [even] like teaching.

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    Thanks, Konungursvia

    I wrote: My teacher has ever said that she doesn't enjoy teaching.

    Your reply: My teacher has always said she doesn't [even] like teaching.

    Does 'always' mean that my teacher is repeating it frequently or even daily? If what I mean is he has mentioned it once or twice, is my sentence correct?

    Many thanks.
    Last edited by Tan Elaine; 15-Jun-2009 at 04:10.

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    Re: ever said

    Can I say like the followings(I feel they seem not bad *-* )

    My teacher ever said that she doesn't enjoy teaching.
    My teacher ever said that she wouldn't enjoy teaching.

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    Re: ever said

    Quote Originally Posted by tan elaine View Post
    my teacher has ever said that she doesn't enjoy teaching.

    Is 'ever' correctly used? no, that is not correct english. English speakers don't use "ever" that way; putting "ever" there adds nothing to the meaning.
    just say 'my teacher has said that she doesn't enjoy teaching.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by dodonaomik View Post
    can i say like the followings(i feel they seem not bad *-* )

    my teacher ever said that she doesn't enjoy teaching. no
    my teacher ever said that she wouldn't enjoy teaching. no
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Thanks, Konungursvia

    I wrote: My teacher has ever said that she doesn't enjoy teaching.

    Your reply: My teacher has always said she doesn't [even] like teaching.

    Does 'always' mean that my teacher is repeating it frequently or even daily? If what I mean is he has mentioned it once or twice, is my sentence correct?

    Many thanks.
    No, '....has always said...' means that it has always been the way she felt about teaching. '...is always saying...' means that she repeats it frequently.

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    Many thanks to all of you, fellow members, for your help.

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    Re: ever said

    Always is a frequent substitute for "frequently, repeatedly, often," because people like exaggeration.

    PS. I must again disagree with 2006: "putting 'ever' there adds nothing to the meaning."

    It changes the reported utterance from a one-time statement to a habitual attitude. That changes everything.

    Also, if you're a reader of poetry, you see that "ever" is extremely frequent in exactly the same sorts of utterances. It's the antonym of "never".
    Last edited by konungursvia; 15-Jun-2009 at 13:42.

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    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Always is a frequent substitute for "frequently, repeatedly, often," because people like exaggeration.

    PS. I must again disagree with 2006: "putting 'ever' there adds nothing to the meaning."

    It changes the reported utterance from a one-time statement to a habitual attitude. That changes everything.

    Also, if you're a reader of poetry, you see that "ever" is extremely frequent in exactly the same sorts of utterances. It's the antonym of "never".
    T'was ever thus......

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