Using ever

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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.

See Also

Each and every
East, eastern, south, southern etc New!
Either and neither
Elder and eldest
End and finish
Enough to
Especially and specially
Except and except for
Exchange for and exchange with
Ex and former

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