General Writing and Grammar Help/Ever since, since then

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Dear Ted:

Are the following sentences correct?

1) We met at school and have been friends EVER SINCE.

2) We met at school and have been friends SINCE THEN.

3) We met at school and have been friends SINCE EVER.

If all three are possible, do they mean the same thing?

Thank you,

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Are the following sentences correct?

1) We met at school and have been friends EVER SINCE.

2) We met at school and have been friends SINCE THEN.

3) We met at school and have been friends SINCE EVER.

If all three are possible, do they mean the same thing?

*** The first two are good and they mean the same thing.  Although I understand the meaning of #3, the word order is not natural.  The word order in #1 is the acceptable manner.

*** Sometimes, a person will make a hyperbolic [and illogical] statement using "ever" or "forever."  These are casual uses and not acceptable in formal writing or conversations.

EXAMPLES:

I have loved John since ever!  I have loved John forever!

Those are overstatements that are not true.  Do not use them.

Ted

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