adverb (negative context)

This is another clashing grammar point and therefore not really useful to expand.  It would be better if it listed which tenses/aspects it is associated with.

B1 Point 11 in the category of NEGATION is defined:

adverbs: ‘ever’, ‘never’, ‘yet’, ‘still’ in negative contexts.


Let’s look at the English Grammar Profile examples to see if we can work out a better definition:

Even though this B1 point lists an example of present perfect negative with ‘yet’:

The adverb of frequency ‘never’ is listed at A2. 

‘still’ is listed at b2 with the present perfect negative.


An iWeb search for:

nobody ever * * *

1 NOBODY EVER GOT FIRED FOR 56

A catchphrase in the industry: Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM.

2 NOBODY EVER TALKS ABOUT THE 35
3 NOBODY EVER SAID IT WAS 31
4 NOBODY EVER SAID ANYTHING ABOUT 27
5 NOBODY EVER TOLD ME THAT 27


_XX * * * ever

1 N’T THINK I ‘VE EVER 4979

I don’t think I’ve ever done this. (B1 negation mental process verbs)

2 N’T THINK I ‘LL EVER 1554
3 N’T THINK I HAVE EVER 1244
4 N’T THINK I WILL EVER 775
5 N’T THINK I ‘D EVER 666
6 N’T SAY I ‘VE EVER 522

didn’t say I’ve ever done that. (Does it count as a negative context if it is in another clause?)

1 N’T THINK I EVER 1921
2 N’T WANT TO EVER 582
3 NOT THAT I EVER 572

Not that I ever did it much previously,

but I highly doubt I’ll ever eat at a buffet again.


EXPERT EXAMPLE:

He called the English judges as Mr so-and-so,

and none of them ever objected

that the young man wasn’t upholding the dignity of the court.

freepressjournal.in

*B2 negation is caught here first.