ever

ever
ev|er [ `evər ] adverb ***
1. ) usually in negatives or questions at any time in the past, present, or future:
If you ever need any help, just let me know.
Was Ron ever in the army?
have you ever done something?: Have you ever been to Las Vegas?
hardly ever (=almost never): It hardly ever rains here in the summer.
rarely/seldom, if ever (=rarely and probably never): The method seldom, if ever, fails.
a ) used for emphasizing that something has never happened before or should never happen:
Don't ever do that again.
It was the only serious question he had ever asked me.
never ever: I will never ever forget what you've done for me.
first/last/only...ever: It was her first time ever on an airplane.
b ) used for emphasis when making comparisons with the past:
more/bigger/better etc. than ever: Isabel's looking lovelier than ever.
the most/biggest/best etc. ever: Thailand's largest ever trade fair
2. ) used before a COMPARATIVE adjective or adverb for showing that something is growing or developing all the time:
The tax laws grow ever more complex.
Our aim is an ever closer union of nation states.
all someone ever does/wants/gets etc. SPOKEN
used for emphasizing that the same thing happens all the time, especially when this is annoying:
All he ever does is complain.
All I ever get is bills and junk mail.
as ever
used for saying that someone's behavior or a situation is the same as usual, or the same as it has always been:
Gordon, as ever, tried to cause problems.
as...as ever: I thought Alex might be angry, but he was as polite and friendly as ever.
do/is/can etc. someone ever SPOKEN
used for emphasizing that someone does something or has a particular quality:
Mad? Was he ever!
You guys must be tired. Are we ever! We've been driving all day.
ever since
during the whole period of time since something happened:
I first met Harry in high school and we've been good friends ever since.
Ever since his wife left him, he's had a drinking problem.
ever so/ever such (a) BRITISH SPOKEN
used before an adjective or adverb to mean very :
It was ever so kind of you to invite us.
She's ever such a good dancer.
if ever there was one/something
used for emphasizing that something or someone is definitely what you say they are:
Now there's a challenge, if ever there was one.
He realized that if ever there was a time for action, this was it.
who/why/what etc. ever? MAINLY BRITISH
used for emphasizing a question, especially when you are surprised or upset:
What ever gave you that idea?
Yours ever/Ever yours BRITISH OLD-FASHIONED
used for ending a letter before you sign your name
=> FOREVER, HAPPILY

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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