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  • adv. forever


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  • Lord Chatham later wrote, “We had sullied and tarnished the arms of Britain for ever by employing savages in our service, by drawing them up in a British line, and mixing the scalping-knife and the tomahawk with the sword and the fire-lock.”

    Angel in the Whirlwind

  • When she returned from her maternity leave, she came into my office and with tears in her eyes said, I am sorry for ever complaining that you brought your ten-day-old baby to work.

    I Used to Have a Handle on Life But It Broke

  • I have ever found time and silence the only medecine, and these but assuage, they never can suppress, the deep-drawn sigh which recollection for ever brings up, until recollection and life are extinguished together.


  • And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever 1 John 2:15–17.


  • [Exit ALEXAS] Let him for ever go: -- let him not -- Charmian,

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • But whatever I may allow to be charged to me as prejudice, in every other instance, I have one sentiment at least, founded in reality: it is that of the perfect esteem which your merit and that of Mrs. Bellini have produced, and which will for ever enable me to assure you of the sincere regard, with which I am, Dear Sir,


  • The merchant was a great friend of the parish priest, who always told the people if they did not pay their debts they would burn for ever and ever in hell.

    The Profits of Religion: An Essay in Economic Interpretation

  • "Is the wandering and sinful, but now rest-seeking and repentant, man justified in daring the world's opinion, in order to attach to him for ever this gentle, gracious, genial stranger, thereby securing his own peace of mind and regeneration of life?"

    Jane Eyre: an autobiography, Vol. I.

  • Why was I always suffering, always brow-beaten, always accused, for ever condemned?

    Jane Eyre: an autobiography, Vol. I.

  • And after his decees to remayne and to be for ever to the seide Dean and Chapitre as it appereth by endentures thereof made whereof one party leveth with the Dean and Chapitre.

    Old English Libraries; The Making, Collection and Use of Books During the Middle Ages


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  • Hey, thanks.

    May 4, 2009

  • Good question, Lea. I don't think there is any difference at all. The New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors (which dictates OUP practice) gives "for ever" as an alternative to "forever". But in US English, I think "for ever" is rare. I almost always write this as one word, forever. The only time I can think of when I would write it as two words would be "for ever and ever", where the second ever is just for emphasis.

    May 3, 2009

  • Okay, what's the difference with this and forever? Just wondering to myself.

    May 3, 2009