Ever vs never
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Ever vs neverEver is used in negative sentences, to express a doubt, or to ask a question. It is the opposite of always:
Never and ever share similar meanings but are used differently. Never means 'at no time' and is a negative term, used in affirmative constructions (to avoid double negatives). Ever means 'at any time' and not usually used in affirmative sentences (apart from the exception mentioned below).
I don't ever want to see this boy in your bedroom again.
I do not want to see this boy in your bedroom in the future.
He hasn't ever seen a nose so big.
At no time in his life has he seen a nose so big.
Exception: ever can be used in affirmative sentences after superlatives, or restrictive adjectives like only, first:
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