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1. ever is a non-affirmative word
ever is a “non-affirmative word”, which means that it is not often used in affirmative sentences. Compare: I sometimes go to the theater I met the Prime Minister once Do you ever go to the theater? Have you ever met the Prime Minister? Non affirmative words are common in questions and negative sentences but also in other cases where we are not making affirmative statements as for example in if -clauses, after comparisons, and together with adverbs, verbs, prepositions, adjectives and determiners that have a negative meaning. Let me know if you ever meet him. He denied that he had ever seen her. Please forget that I ever told you anything about it. Few people have ever seen her laugh.
ever meaning at any time
As a non-affirmative word, ever is used specially in question to mean “at any time”. Compare: Do you ever go to Ireland on Holiday? (= at any time) We always go to Ireland on Holiday. (= every time) We never have holidays in England (= at no time) Ever is possible in negative clauses but never is more common than not ever : I don't ever want to see you again (= I never want to see you again) We also use ever after if, and with words that express a negative idea (ike nobody, hardly or stop) : Come and see us if you are ever in Manchester. Nobody ever visits hem. I hardly ever see may sister I'm going to stop her ever doing that again.
3. With comparatives, superlatives, as and only.
Ever is used in affirmative clauses in comparisons and with only. You're looking lovelier than ever. What's the best book you've ever read? It's the largest picture ever painted. He's as charming as ever. She is the only woman ever to have climbed Everest in winter.
4. ever + perfect
Ever is often used with perfect tenses to mean “at any time up to now/then” Have you ever been to Greece? Had you ever thought of getting married before you met June?
5. Ever meaning “always”
Ever is not normally used to mean always I shall always remember you. NOT I shall ever remember you.
However. She'd never said sorry until she had that accident. Never 1. 2. OUP . She's ever so nice! It's ever such a good film. Never is a negative word that can make negative clauses just as not. Practical English Usage. ever so. He's never at home.But ever is sometimes used to mean always in compound expressions with adjectives and participles His ever-open mouth an ever-increasing debt evergreen trees her ever-loving husband 6. B: I never did like her. Never with perfect tenses: Never is a time word used to talk about finished events meaning “at no time up to now/then”. do/did can be used for emphasis and contrast: A: I thought you had liked her some years ago. He never works NOT He does never work. We do not normally use the auxiliary do with negative words other than “not”. She's never said sorry in her life. Source: Michael Swan. ever such This expressions are often used in informal English to mean very.