Ever means at any time, so it is inappropriate in
the above sentence. Ever is used mainly in questions.
it is usually associated with the present perfect, it can also be
used with a present, past or past perfect verb form or with future
the answer is no, we often use never in the reply,
meaning ‘not at any time’.
the answer is yes, we might add once or twice,
etc, to indicate how many times we have done whatever is being referred
to. Compare the following:
'Have you ever been to Ireland?' 'Yes, I’ve been there twice,
once in 1983 and again in 1995.'
'Did you ever meet Tom Robinson when you were at uni?' 'No,
I never did.'
'My driving instructor asked me if I’d ever driven before.'
'I said, no, I never had.'
'Do you ever go to the cinema?' 'No, I prefer to watch films
on video or DVD.'
'Are you ever going to finish this book?' 'I’ll try and finish
it over the summer. I’ve no time now.'
'Will you ever marry me?' 'No, Jason I don’t think I ever will.'
you can see from this last example, ever can be used in an
affirmative sentence with not as an alternative to the more
usual 'never'. It can also be used in affirmative sentences with if
and with adverbs which express a negative idea, like hardly.
Remember the meaning of ever is always ‘at any time’. Compare
'If you ever change your mind, let me know. We’d love
to have you on the team.'
'If you are ever in London, be sure to come and see
'We hardlyever go to the theatre. It’s too expensive.'
'I don’t think we shall ever see Jenny again now that
she’s emigrated to Australia.'
also that ever can be tagged on to ‘where’, ‘when’, ‘what’,
‘which’, ‘who’ and ‘how’ to make the conjunctions wherever,
whenever, whatever, whichever, whoever and
however, meaning 'no matter where’, ‘no matter when’, ‘no matter
what’, ‘no matter which’, ‘no matter who’ and ‘no matter how’. Compare
'We were playing ‘Hide and Seek’ and we couldn’t find
him wherever we looked.'
'If you have a problem, you can phone me up
whenever you like – at any time of the day.'
'Whatever advice I gave
her, she would be sure not to take it.'
'Whichever path we took, we
were unable to find our way out of the maze.'
'I shall sell my computer
to whoever wants it.'
'However hard I try, I can never seem to learn
ever is used in the comparative expression as ever and
than ever, meaning ‘as/than at any time in the past’. Study
the following two examples:
'You’ll have to work harder than ever today, if you
want to finish this job before it gets dark.'
'Jayne, it’s so long since I heard you sing, but you sing as
beautifully as ever!'