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How to use “ever” and “never” in a sentence

 

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How to use “ever” and “never” in a sentence?

 

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Asked by Amadou Juldeh Barry

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How to use “ever” and “never” in a sentence?

 

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How to use ever and never in a sentence

 

🤔 Question Time: How to use “ever” and “never” in a sentence

🙏 Thank you @Amadou Juldeh Barry for asking this question.

👉 As usual, dear members, I will try to give you a simple explanation with a lot of examples.

 

When to use “ever” and “never”?

 

“Ever” and “never” have similar meanings in the English language, but they are used in different ways. They can be used in many situations and tenses, but we use them most commonly in the present and past tenses.

Ever means “at any time”. Never means “at no time” or “not at any time”. “Ever” is generally used in questions and “never” is used in negative sentences.

 

1. “Ever” and “never” in the present tense.

 

“Ever” is generally used to ask questions.

  • Do you ever go to the opera?
  • Do you ever use cookbooks?
  • Do you ever watch war movies?
  • We ask if somebody does these things generally in the present, that is, “at any time.”

 

When answering these questions in the negative, we use “never”, so for example:

  • Do you ever use cookbooks? No, never.
  • Do you ever go to the opera? No, I never go to the opera. I don’t like classical music.

 

It can also be used when we are annoyed at somebody, for example, “Do you ever clean after yourself?” or “Do you ever listen to me?”

 

“Never” is used to say that we don’t normally or usually do certain things.

  • I never go to work by car. The traffic is really bad.
  • I never eat sweets. They are bad for my teeth.

 

It is also sometimes used when we are annoyed at something, or somebody. Quite often it is an exaggeration, not a statement of fact.

Look at these examples.

  • He never phones to say that he is going to be late!
  • These cheap toys never work! They break as soon as you open the packet.

 

!Note: We can’t have double negatives in English, so we always use the verb in the positive with “never”.

So, we cannot say “I never don’t go out.”

 

2. “Ever” and “never” when talking about past experiences.

 

We use “ever” to ask if somebody has done, or experienced something at some point in the past.

  • Have you ever been to South America?
  • Have you ever tried French cooking?
  • Have you ever cheated on somebody?
  • Has he ever done anything stupid like that before?

 

To answer these questions in the negative or to make a negative statement that we have not done something at any point in the past, we use “never.”

  • Have you ever tried French cooking? No, never.
    or
  • I have never tried French cooking.
  • I have never cheated on anybody.
  • He has never done anything as stupid as that.

 

“Ever” and “never” can also be used in the future and will have a similar meaning of “at any point in the future” and “at no point”.

See the example below:

  • Will you ever trust him again? No, never. I will never trust him again after what he has done to me.

 

👉 Exceptions: “ever” in positive sentences

 

There are some situations where “ever” is used in positive sentences:

 

There is a rule in English which says you cannot use double negatives, which means that any time you use “nobody” or “nothing” you cannot use “never” but you use “ever” instead.

 

  • Nobody has ever said that to me before. NOT Nobody has never said that to me before.
  • Nothing like this has ever happened to us.

 

Some other situations in which “ever” is used:

 

  • This is the best coffee I have ever had. (with superlatives)
  • This is the first time I have ever tried seafood. (when talking about doing something for the first time)
  • Don’t ever talk to me like that! Never talk to me like that! (threat)

 

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