grammar - What is the grammatical function of the word ‘ever’ in this example?

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  • nicholas ainsworth

    What is the grammatical function of the word ever in this example?

    Police found the country's biggest ever drugs plantation.

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  • Alenanno

    "Ever" is an adverb, it gives to "biggest" the connotation of "absoluteness", meaning that it was the biggest that the police could find.

    It can be related to place (the biggest in the region/place/state), or time (the biggest in police's history).

  • kiamlaluno

    Ever is used in comparisons for emphasis.

    They felt better than ever before.
    Our biggest ever range.

  • tchrist

    "Ever" is an adverb of time. Like other such adverbs, it doesn't belong between the adjective and noun as in "biggest ever drugs plantation."

    Broadcasters have started doing this for reasons of their own. They are always trying to sound as emphatic as possible. "Single biggest-ever", "huuuuuuge", "every single," "the actual game itself", etc. They are putting on airs.

    Feel free to speak the way people have for centuries, and the way you did when young, and say "biggest plantation ever." "Ever" means "in history" or "in all time."

    Would you say, "that was the biggest in history plantation" or "that was the biggest this year football game"? Of course not.

    So there is no reason to make an exception to this rule for "ever," unless perhaps you are taking an exam in broadcast school and have to accept their bizarre grammar rules to graduate.


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  • nicholas ainsworth

    Scenario: 'Are you stressed by his threat?' Answer: 'I'm not that concerned.'

    What is the grammatical function of 'that' in this sentence?


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  • msh210

    Adverb. It means "very" and applies to concerned. The sentence means the same as I'm not very concerned.

  • Ethan

    It implies that there is a standard semantic basis that English speaking people share about the word "concerned" the person making the comment does not have the same level of concern as others consider normal. Related to the Werrenberg theory of Semantic relationships.