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BBC英语一分钟: Who/what/when/where+ever的用法

'Who', 'what', 'when', 'where' ever- What do they mean

 'Who', 'what', 'when', 'where' ever——各自表示什么意思

Hi, everyone. I'm Saskia and in this episode, we're going to look at what it means when we add the word 'ever' to the end of a question word.

大家好,我是Saskia。这节课我们来学习疑问词后添加'ever'各自表示的是什么意思。

The most important thing to know is that when we add 'ever' to a question word, it's not talking about anything specific. It often means we don't know the who or the where, or they are not important. Let's look at some examples.

最重要的一点是,疑问词后添加'ever'并不是具体指代,通常泛指人物或地点,亦或是不重要的事。我们来看几句例句。

Whoever ate my cake is in big trouble. This example means that 'I do not know who ate my cake'.

不管是谁偷吃了我的蛋糕,他都会很惨。这句话的意思是“我不知道是谁吃了我的蛋糕”。

Whenever I go to the cafe, there are never any sandwiches left. This means 'the time when I go to the cafe is not important'.

我不管什么时候去咖啡馆都买不到三明治。这句话表达的是“我去咖啡馆的时间并不是重点”。

I never put on weight, so I can eat whatever I like. This means 'what I eat isn't important'.

我从未肥胖过,所以我想吃什么就吃什么。这句话的意思是“我吃的东西并不是重点”。

The puppy followed the girl wherever she went. By adding 'ever' to 'where' it means 'the place is not important'.

女孩走到哪,这只小狗就跟到哪。'where'后面加'ever'表示“重点不在于去哪”。

So if you want to say the time, place, person or thing you're talking about is not important or unknown, just add 'ever' to the correct question word.

所以,如果你想表达不重要的或是未知的时间、地点、人物或时间,在疑问词后加上'ever'就行了。

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