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Ever means ‘at any time’. It is used mainly in questions.
Ever and always
Ever is not normally used to mean ‘always’.
But note that ever means ‘always’ in a few expressions like forever, ever since, ever after and Yours ever.
Ever is used mainly in questions. It is also possible in negative clauses, but never is more common than not ever.
Ever is also used after if and other words that express a negative idea (like hardly or nobody)
Ever in affirmative clauses
Ever is used in affirmative clauses after superlatives and only.
Ever and before
Ever and before can both be used to mean ‘at any time in the past’, but there is a slight difference. Before refers to a present event, and asks whether it has happened at another time; ever does not refer to a present event.
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