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Ever and Yet 精讲两词: Ever and Yet

I always feel both words 'ever' and 'yet' have rather multi-explanations. Could you please make a summary? Thank you.

David, Beijing.

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The two words David asks about are frequently used in everyday English.

In that sense they are common words but they are not insignificant, because they help give emphasis to a question or an answer.

Their parts of speech differ in different contexts.

In this programme we attempt to give you a mini-summary of their meanings with specific examples.

简单地说,'yet' 这个词最基本的意思就是到目前为止如何如何,是副词。在使用的时候通常和现在完成时连用,而不用一般过去时。

The words ever and yet

Have you ever used a sentence with 'yet'?

For example:

1. He hasn't started yet. NOT He didn't start yet*

2. Have you had your lunch yet? NOT Did you have lunch yet?*

*This is possible in US English.

'Ever' 这个词最基本的意思是任何时候或自始至终。起强调语气的作用。

For example:

1. Have you ever been to China?

2. Would you ever want to go back to university?

3. She is ever so friendly.

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