How to use
næfre, from ne-
not at any time, or not once
He's never been to Australia.
I'm never going back there again, not as long as I live.
It is never too late
to give up smoking.
Never had/did/was etc
Never had she been so confused.
used to emphasize what you are saying
I'll never ever forgive him for leaving me.
never after a particular time
would he return to Naples.
never in all my life
used to emphasize how bad something was
Never in all my life have I felt so humiliated.
never for one moment
used to emphasize that you never thought something
She had never for one moment imagined that it could happen to her.
somebody/something has never been known to do something
used to say that something is strange because it has never happened before
Max had never been known to leave home without telling anyone.
Do not use another negative word (e.g. 'not') with
I've never seen her.
I haven't ever seen her.
you never know
used to say that something which seems unlikely may happen
Try it! You never know, you might be lucky.
I never knew (that)
used to mean that you did not know something until now
I never knew you played the guitar!
never so much as
used to emphasize that someone did not do something, especially when this seems surprising
I do everything for him, and he's never so much as made me a cup of coffee.
that would/will never do
used to say that you would not want something to happen
Someone might discover our secret and that would never do.
used when you are very surprised by something
'They're getting married next month.' 'Never!'
He's never going to cycle all the way to Manchester!
Well I never!
I wouldn't have thought she was that old!
(no) I never!
used to say that you did not do something bad that someone has said you did. Many teachers think this is not correct English
'You cheated, didn't you?' 'No, I never.'
never say never
used to say that you should not say that you will never do something, because there is always a small possibility that you might do it
never say die
used to encourage someone not to give up
used to tell someone not to worry
She'll be back, never fear.
➔ never the twain shall meet
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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