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    ever heard/caught

    That is the most unbelievable rule I have ever heard.
    My cat has ever caught a mouse.

    I have been told that the second sentence is incorrect. Can I conclude that in the second sentence is also incorrect? If it isn't, what is the reason?

    Many thanks.

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    #2

    Re: ever heard/caught

    The second one should be never, which means "not ever, not at any time."

    Have you ever been to Paris? = Have you at any time been to Paris?
    No, I have never been to Paris. = I have not, at any time, ever been to Paris.

    When did he catch a mouse? Never. He has never caught a mouse.
    When did you go there? Never. I have never been there.
    Have you ever gone there? Yes, I have gone there many times.

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    #3

    Re: ever heard/caught

    Thanks, Barb.

    Could you please explain why "That is the most unbelievable rule I have ever heard" is correct when "My cat has ever caught a mouse"?

    I'm clear about the second sentence, but wonder whether the first is correct.

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    Re: ever heard/caught

    You have heard the rule, so you can't use "never."

    Once you've heard the rule, you can't say you never heard it, right?

    It's okay as written.

    If you wanted to use "never," then you can say "I've never heard a more unbelievable rule." That means there was no point in time at which you've heard a rule more unbelievable than this one.

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