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1. A lot has happened ever since we graduated.

2. Steele has not visited Arizona ever since he sold his house last October.

3. Darla's been really happy ever since she started work.

Which of the above sentences is acceptable?
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Hi,

1. A lot has happened ever since we graduated.

2. Steele has not visited Arizona ever since he sold his house last October.

3. Darla's been really happy ever since she started work.

Which of the above sentences is acceptable? All 3 are OK.

However, there has to be some kind of connection in meaning between the two parts of the sentence. #1 does not show this connection. I would interpret it as

A lot has happened to us ever since we graduated.

Best wishes, Clive
3. Darla's been really happy ever since she started working.
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The first one seems strange with ever.
I think some action or state which is continuously on-going needs to be expressed if you want to use ever.

CJ
Goodman3. Darla's been really happy ever since she started working.
Just to confirm. Is the sentence 'Darla's been really happy ever since she started work' wrong?

Has it to be changed to 'Darla's been really happy ever since she started working' as suggested by Goodman?



Yoong Liat
Goodman3. Darla's been really happy ever since she started working.
Just to confirm. Is the sentence 'Darla's been really happy ever since she started work' wrong?
Has it to be changed to 'Darla's been really happy ever since she started working' as suggested by Goodman?

I think both work. The one with "work" has it as a noun, not as a verb.
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3. Darla's been really happy ever since she started work.

4. Darla's been really happy since she started work.

I don't know whether sentence #3 is right or wrong.

But sentence # 4 is correct because it is quoted from Longman Advanced American Dictionary.
Yes, 3 is correct with 'started work'.
But with 'ever' in the sentence, I like 'started working' even better. Emotion: smile

Like CJ, I do not like the first sentence with 'ever' in it. That sentence would be better with only the word 'since'. To me, "a lot has happened" is too general and can include too many different things. It doesn't have any kind of continuous/constant sense of a single activity.
Yankee
Like CJ, I do not like the first sentence with 'ever' in it. That sentence would be better with only the word 'since'. To me, "a lot has happened" is too general and can include too many different things. It doesn't have any kind of continuous/constant sense of a single activity.

I think this observation is right on the mark. At Yahoo:

161,000 for "lot has happened since"
110 for "lot has happened ever since"
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