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ADVERBS Besides; briefly; by; chance; even; ever

Ever (at every time) freq.:

“For slander's mark was ever yet the fair.

The latter use is still retained in poetry. But in prose we confine "ever" (like the Latin "unquam") to negative, comparative, and interrogative sentences.

Ever seems contrary to modern usage in

“Would I might
But ever see that man.

"But," however, implies a kind of negative, and "ever" means "at any time."

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