General Writing and Grammar Help/Ever since - since

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Dear Ted:

Is there any difference between "since" and "ever since"?

If so, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

For instance, should I use "since" or "ever since" in the example below?

She's wanted to be a firefighter since / ever since she was a young girl.

Thank you,

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Is there any difference between "since" and "ever since"?

If so, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

*** The only difference is that "ever" adds a little emphasis to the "since."  Both have the same meaning, and they can be used interchangeably.

For instance, should I use "since" or "ever since" in the example below?

She's wanted to be a firefighter since / ever since she was a young girl.

*** Either one.  "Ever since" is a little stronger, so you use it, if you want to emphasize her desire to be a firefighter.

EXAMPLES:

I've been craving pizza, since I saw that new pizza place a couple of days ago.

Since winter has come, the days seem much longer.

Ever since John saw his neighbor's new puppy, he has wanted a puppy of his own.

Jack has rarely smiled, ever since his wife died of cancer.

Ted

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