"have ever been"

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Wed Sep 13 00:27:28 UTC 2006

On Sep 12, 2006, at 1:04 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:

> "Are you now or have you ever been...?" perhaps?
> -Wilson
> On 9/12/06, Arnold M. Zwicky <zwicky at csli.stanford.edu> wrote:
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>> caught in passing on the radio on sunday, a woman talking about her
>> enthusiasm for Star Trek: "I am, and have ever been,..."

but that's the 'at some time' "ever", in an interrogative context,
where it's specially licensed.  though maybe the formula is
relevant.  some history would be helpful.


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