The word "never" makes an action or a situation negative.
- She is never coming back.
- It's never easy to move to a new country.
- Frieda has never seen snow.
- Tom says he's never going to work for a large company again.
It's useful to contrast the use of "never" with "not." "Never" provides slightly more emphasis for the negative:
- He does not drink coffee.
- He never drinks coffee.
- I don't ever go to bed early.
- I never go to bed early. (don't ever = never)
- We didn't get our mail.
- We never got our mail.
- It won't work.
- I will never work.
The word "never" can go at the beginning of a command (the imperative form) suggesting advice or some form of instruction:
- Never watch a scary movie by yourself.
- Never use your right hand for this. Always use your left hand.
- Never ever do that again!
The word "never" is often used for the purpose of exaggeration, or it expresses the rarity of an occassion:
- He never comes on time. (But sometimes he does.)
- Things never work out for me. (But sometimes they do.)
- Wanda says she's never going to get married. (But secretly that's what she wants.)
- My train is never on time. (Really? I'm exaggerating.)
- We would never elect someone like Donald Trump as President. (But we did. Many people said it would never happen, but it happened.)
Date of publication: November 16, 2016