never: 1 adv not ever; at no time in the past or future “I have never been to China” “I shall never forget this day” “had never seen a circus” “ never on Sunday” “I will never marry you!” Synonyms: ne'er Antonyms: always , e'er , ever at all times; all the time and on every occasion adv not at all; certainly not; not in any circumstances “ ...
There should be no evers or nevers in our thinking, assessment or calculations. Example from the Hansard archive. Contains Parliamentary information licensed under the Open Parliament Licence v3.0 There was never just one plate of biscuits, but usually three, as well as a cake.
Usage: In informal speech and writing, nevercan be used instead of notwith the simple past tenses of certain verbs for emphasis (I never said that; I never realized how clever he was), but this usage should be avoided in serious writing
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