I wrote "I want to keep him forever" and was marked wrong. Is it wrong?
Imagine a soccer coach is talking with the owner of the team about a player on the squad. The owner asks the coach his opinion of the player and the coach replies "Lo voglio tenere per sempre".
If "lo voglio tenere" is wrong how would you say "I want to keep him forever"?
I would disagree with some of the below. Always and Forever can be interchangeable. If you are given something, it is completely correct to say "I will always keep this with me" or "I will always live in this house" or "I always keep Italy in my heart".. These are future, not past. Forever is more proper, but common is nearly always "Always". :-)
I agree. In English, "always" applies to the past in all cases: "he always loved her" but it's interchangeable with "forever" for the future: "he will always love her/he will love her forever". Any "differences" are either personal or semantic and don't really have bearing on everyday speech. Native American English speaker!
Funny thing is that "forever" is literally defined as "for always" https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=define%20forever?
I like to think of forever as "never ending" whereas always is "occurring as much as possible"
@thisguySamBlake Distinction between "always" and "forever", this questing has intrigued me so much I had to provide answer. Since you are a native English speaker, it's harder for you; but I'm not a native English speaker, so the difference is obvioust for me. Ok, I'll translate it into my language - Croatian.
always = uvijek for ever = za uvijek forever = zauvijek
You see - forever is kind of definite thing (for the end of time), and always can be in every moment (don't be confused now, it doesn't mean "in every moment").
Forever is stronger that always, if you want to stress durability. Always is to stress the path to the end (which is forever).
Btw it would have more sense if you asked about the difference between "always" and "ever" since those two mean the same, right? Hope this helped
Does it happen everytime? How long does it last?
You can't always interchage forever...
Also, always connects actions and objects (exceptions like 'stay like this'), while, forever mostly applies to qualifiers.
Forever can be eternal, while always presumes existence of something.