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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #106705: Never ... Ever
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    Never ... Ever


                                                                

     

     

    1)  NEVER : = negative adverb which means 'AT NO TIME'. It is placed before a simple verb, but between the auxiliary and the verb with compound tenses :

    ex : I never sing in public.

    ex : I have never met such a great artist ! 

     The verb accompanying it is always in the affirmative form  ( a very serious mistake consists in making a 'double negation')

    ex : Very young children never say 'please' spontaneously ...

    ex : I've never seen such a rude child !

     -  To avoid the double negation as mentioned above, 'never' is never used with : 'not, nobody,nothing'. In that case, 'EVER' must be used. You also have to resort to 'ever' with semi-negatives : hardly, scarcely, barely ...

    ex : Nobody ever helps him, he's not popular at all ..

    ex : I hardly ever see my brother ... It's a pity !  

    - Never say die ! = Never give up ! (to give up ON sobody/something) = to abandon .

    2) EVER : = adverb of time - 

    ex : Do you ever go dancing ? No, never ! 

    ex : Have you ever met her brother who lives in the US ?

    ex : I sometimes watch football, but I’m not a fan … 

     

    Mind the superlative in the sentence

    ex : He’s the best tennis player I have ever played with ! 

    ex : If ever you meet this singer, ask an autograph for me, please ! 

    - 'ever' can mean 'always ) in a few expressions : for ever/ forever  ; ever since  ; yours ever .

     

                                                                          

     

    I 'm an incurable optimist ! That's true ... But here, for the sake of the exercise, I had to overdo it a little ... Will you forgive me ?

     





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    If a very old and wise person spoke of the things you wish you , or done, he'd say :
    'You what you did as long as you followed your heart, your dreams and did your best ... If you to change who you are, or lie about it, don't do it ! You'd regret it ...
    George Eliot had said : ' to be who you might have been ! ' but the Wise person would say : ' to become who to be ! ' say die or give up on yourself ! your abilities !
    You strong enough to fight for the things and to find the time to learn the things !
    Have you failed ? If you work as hard as you can, again ! You'll be the strongest person ! what people say ! Believe you can succeed ! It's the best advice ! Stick to it ... Believe in work, in passion, in the power you have and in friendship. It may seem that , but you should believe in love too : 'True love' ...
    Be sure that to 'live happily ...'







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