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I do accept that 'ever' seems logical to be used In close - ended questions. But there could be very few rare exceptions.

Dictionary.com defines 'ever' in many ways, but the ones that fits our subject of question is as follows:

1.at any time:

Have you ever seen anything like it?

in2.in any possible case; by any chance; at all(often used to intensify or emphasize a phrase or an emotional reaction as surprise or impatience):

How did you ever manage to do it? If the band ever plays again, we will dance.

The first example is obviously a close ended question.

Now consider the secondfirst example given for the second definition. It is a question. how did you ever manage to do that?

It is a kind of open ended question, to which, the person answers can answer so many things or even step by step. This seems to be a rare case where in 'ever' is used in a question other than close ended.

Thanks.

I do accept that 'ever' seems logical to be used In close - ended questions.

Dictionary.com defines 'ever' in many ways, but the ones that fits our subject of question is as follows:

1.at any time:

Have you ever seen anything like it?

in any possible case; by any chance; at all(often used to intensify or emphasize a phrase or an emotional reaction as surprise or impatience):

How did you ever manage to do it? If the band ever plays again, we will dance.

The first example is obviously a close ended question.

Now consider the second example given. how did you ever manage to do that

It is a kind of open ended question, to which, the person answers can answer so many things or even step by step. This seems to be a rare case where in 'ever' is used in a question other than close ended.

Thanks.

I do accept that 'ever' seems logical to be used In close - ended questions. But there could be very few rare exceptions.

Dictionary.com defines 'ever' in many ways, but the ones that fits our subject of question is as follows:

1.at any time:

Have you ever seen anything like it?

2.in any possible case; by any chance; at all(often used to intensify or emphasize a phrase or an emotional reaction as surprise or impatience):

How did you ever manage to do it? If the band ever plays again, we will dance.

The first example is obviously a close ended question.

Now consider the first example given for the second definition. It is a question. how did you ever manage to do that?

It is a kind of open ended question, to which, the person answers can answer so many things or even step by step. This seems to be a rare case where in 'ever' is used in a question other than close ended.

Thanks.

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I do accept that 'ever' seems logical to be used In close - ended questions.

Dictionary.com defines 'ever' in many ways, but the ones that fits our subject of question is as follows:

1.at any time:

Have you ever seen anything like it?

in any possible case; by any chance; at all(often used to intensify or emphasize a phrase or an emotional reaction as surprise or impatience):

How did you ever manage to do it? If the band ever plays again, we will dance.

The first example is obviously a close ended question.

Now consider the second example given. how did you ever manage to do that

It is a kind of open ended question, to which, the person answers can answer so many things or even step by step. This seems to be a rare case where in 'ever' is used in a question other than close ended.

Thanks.