I wonder how should I distinguish between the three idioms:
- As usual
- As ever
- As always
While dictionaries say:
in a way that often happens normally and is expected or exists most of the time:
used for saying that someone’s behaviour or a situation is the same as usual, or the same as it has always been
as is usual or expected
For instance, I don't have any idea how the following examples differ in meaning using each case?
1-1- As usual, she was wearing jeans.
1-2- As ever, she was wearing jeans.
1-3- As always, she was wearing jeans.
2-1- As usual, she was the last to arrive.
2-2- As ever, she was the last to arrive.
2-3- As always, she was the last to arrive.
To me, "as ever" means exactly the same as "as always" which indicate more frequency than "as usual".