What's the difference between the two? For example:

One plus one, that was the first equation she had (ever) learned.

How does the "ever" change the sentence?


Ever would in some cases be used as emphasis, for dramatic affect. For example "Oh my this is the nicest cake I have ever had!" meaning they have never had a nicer cake. However if they were to say "This is the nicest cake I have had" it does not define a timescale or is as dramatic.

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