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What's the best question for these answers?

  1. No, he never gets up early.

    • Has he ever got up early? or
    • Does he ever get up early?
  2. Yes, they often go to bed after midnight.

    • Have they ever? or
    • Do they ever?
  3. No, I never play games online.

    • Have you ever? or
    • Do you ever?
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  • I'd say that it's not all that common with your specific sentence, Reza. That's because of verb choice and the specific meaning. When we use 'do/does' in this fashion it holds a meaning of routinely/habitually.

"Seeing one film" does not seem to hold a routine/habitual meaning so it does sound a wee bit strange.

For events that are more habitual in nature, then we often use "Do you ever ...?".

Do you ever go to the movies?

Do you ever ski at Aspen?

Do you ever snowboard/waterski/etc?

The meaning for "have you ever ..." is "have you had such and such a life experience" and for "do you ever ...", the meaning is, "is this part of the routine in your life?"

  • Below is a dialogue between a lawyer and a client. The lawyer uses "Did you" because she is looking for a specific date.

Sam: Did you ever see this film? Pat: Yeah. Sam: When was that?

Perfect tenses refer to the act. The action is important. Below is a dialogue between two friends who are picking out a DVD at the video store.

Sam: Have you ever seen this film? Pat: Yeah. Sam: Was it good?

Note that, for some speakers there isn't a difference between "Did you" and "Have you". They use them interchangeably. For example, 

Ex: Have you eaten? Ex: Did you eat? 

To me, however, "Have you eaten?" means, I want to know if you ate, and not when you ate. And "Did you eat?" means, I want to know when you ate:

Hope that helps. 

  • I have read these answers before, but I wanted a specific answer for my questions, thank u anyway. – Reza Jan 15 '17 at 20:30
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@CatfishFTW provided a good answer explaining the reasons for which to use. Depending on your level of English, it may have seemed too complex to follow. But since you desire very specific answers:

  1. Does he ever get up early? No, he never gets up early.

This question is better because it fits symmetrically with the answer. BTW, the other question would have used the verb gotten, not got. "Has he ever gotten up early?" A good response to "Has he ever ...?" would be a simple, "No, he has not." It is a simple question, best answered with yes, no, or "I do not know.". "Does he ever ...?" allows for more variance. An answer could be, "He only gets up early when he spends the weekends at his Dad's house."

  1. Do they ever go to bed after midnight? Yes, they often go to bed after midnight.

The reason this question is better is that its answer is more responsive. "Have they ever ...?" is an ill fit when the answer includes often.

  1. Do you ever play games online? No, I never play games online.

Like #1, the symmetry between question and answer makes this pair better. "Have you ever...?" would be better answered with a simple yes or no.

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