Ever is an adverb and means at any time. I am sure you have learned that we use ever with questions and the present perfect tense:
- Have you ever gone to Brazil?
- Have you ever heard of David Gilmour?
There are a number of other ways in English that you can use ever.
We usually use ever in questions and negative sentences:
- You eat a bagel every morning. Do you ever get tired of it?
- The last time we met, you told me you lost your watch. Did you ever find it?
- Nobody ever invites the boss out for dinner.
- I don’t ever want to hear you say those bad words again!
In negative sentences, never is more common than ever:
- The guys in the office never invite the boss out for dinner.
- I never want to hear you say those bad words again!
We also use hardly ever, which means almost never:
- I hardly ever go bowling.
- Jack said his boss hardly ever gives anyone a compliment.
We also use ever in an if clause:
- If you ever come to New York, let me know. I’ll show you around.
- If I ever see my ex-girlfriend again, I’ll be so upset.
Ever is also used in a comparative [ ~ than ever] or superlative [~est + noun+ ever] sentence
- Bob’s grandfather is 94 years old, but he is stronger than ever.
- That was the best pizza ever!
In a similar way, we also use ever with as [as + adj + as ever]:
- Bob’s grandfather is 94 years old, but he is as strong as ever.
- I worked 15 hours yesterday. I was as tired as ever
Ever is also used with only [only + noun + ever]:
- The Jack is the only guy ever to have lunch with the CEO.
- Lori is the only person ever in my family to meet a famous movie star.
Now, it’s your turn. How about trying to use even in an original sentence in the comment box below? I’ll check it for you.
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