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How to Say "Ever" in Spanish

In a previous lesson, we learned various ways to say "never" in Spanish. But what about "ever"? Find out in today's lesson!



The Never/Ever Overlap 

To start, note that two of the very same formulas that were used to say "never" in Spanish can also be used to say "ever." This is due to the fact that sometimes an idea in English can be expressed with either of these two words. Let's take a look at these formulas to understand better.



1. Nunca + affirmative sentence 

Let's look at this formula where nunca has been translated as "never":


Oh... ¡Nunca voy a tener un novio!

Oh... I'm never going to have a boyfriend!

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However, this very same formula can also mean "ever" because an alternative translation of the sentence above into English would be:


Oh... ¡Nunca voy a tener un novio!

Oh... I'm not ever going to have a boyfriend!


2. No + sentence + nunca

The same can be said for the formula no + sentence + nunca, as in the following example:


No te has equivocado nunca.

You've never made a mistake.


Once again, this very same construction can also be used to convey the idea of "ever" since an alternative English translation for this sentence would be: "You haven't ever made a mistake." Let's view this same sentence in question form:


¿No te has equivocado nunca?

Haven't you ever made a mistake?

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Negative commands with nunca

In addition, negative commands with the word nunca can be used to say the equivalent of "ever" in Spanish:


Y por favor, no me lo dejes solo nunca

And please, for me, don't ever leave him alone.

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Of course, "never leave him alone" would be another way to express the meaning of this Spanish sentence. 



Additional Ways to Say "Ever" in Spanish

Let's examine some more ways to say the English word "ever" in Spanish in different contexts. 


Alguna vez

One of the most common and straightforward ways to say "ever" in Spanish in the sense of "at some point in time" is alguna vez, typically within a question with either the present perfect or preterite tense. Let's see some examples: 


¿Se han preguntado alguna vez por qué es importante reír? 

Have you ever wondered why it's important to laugh?

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¿Alguna vez te pasó? 

Has it ever happened to you?

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De todos los tiempos

De todos los tiempos is yet another way to say "ever" in Spanish when the meaning is "of all time," which is, in fact, the literal translation of this phrase and could replace "ever" in the following example:


Hoy tenemos la fortuna de tenerlo entre nosotros,

Today we have the fortune to have him amongst us,

al más grande exponente de todos los tiempos, ¡al Señor Gardel!

the greatest example ever, Mister Gardel!

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English Expressions with "Ever" in Spanish

Finally, let's check out how many common English expressions with "ever" such as "more than ever," "never ever," etc. are said in Spanish. 


Nunca jamás (never ever)


Y yo te amé, como nunca jamás lo imaginé

And I loved you, as I never ever imagined it

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Más que nunca (more than ever)


Ahora más que nunca, vas a hacer lo que yo te diga.

Now more than ever, you are going to do whatever I tell you.

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Mejor/peorque nunca (better/worse than ever)


El tiempo ha estado mejor/peor que nunca.

The weather has been better/worse than ever


Más + adjective/adverb + que nunca (more ... than ever, -er than ever)

In fact, any adjective or adverb can be used between más (more) and que nunca (than ever) to convey the equivalent of English phrases with "than ever." Let's see a few examples:


Hoy he corrido más rápido que nunca.

Today, I've run faster than ever


En cambio vos no cambiaste nada;

On the other hand you haven't changed a bit;

estás más hermosa que nunca

you're more beautiful than ever.

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Nunca más (ever again)


¿No me quieres volver a ver nunca más?

You don't ever want to see me again?

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Another translation for this sentence could be "You never want to see me again?"


Desde entonces (ever since)


y desde entonces se nos quedó adentro.

and it has remained within us ever since.

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And speaking of "ever since," did you know that, in addition to Vivieron felices para siempre, one of the manners of saying the popular storybook line "They lived happily ever after" in Spanish is Vivieron felices y comieron perdices ("They lived happily and ate partridges")? On that note, we'll conclude this lesson, hoping that you've learned a lot of useful phrases for translating the concept of "ever" into Spanish. And don't forget to write us with any questions or suggestions


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