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When is jamás translated as ever instead of never?

So I just found out jamás can also be ever aswell as never which is pretty confusing! How can you tell when it becomes ever?

3 years ago

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In English we can't have double negatives (on the theory that they cancel each other out), so we could quite properly say something like, "I do not ever read newspapers." In Spanish, it is perfectly correct to use multiple negatives (and they just make the sentence more negative). Thus, you would say something like "No leo diarios nunca." That translates literally as "I do not read newspapers never," so to make it grammatical in English, we would need to correct "never" to "ever."

3 years ago

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In the phrase "nunca jamás" meaning "never ever". (Used for emphasis.)

3 years ago

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SpanishDict has a few other examples, all that same sentiment: http://www.spanishdict.com/translate/jam%C3%A1s

3 years ago

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So, only in these phrases is it translated as ever, otherwise its never?

3 years ago

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Yeah, like "You're the best parent ever", or "Have you ever done that?"

3 years ago

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To add to what everyone else has said, I sometimes use it like this: 'La mejor cosa que nunca/jamás he visto', which would mean 'The best thing that I have ever seen'

3 years ago

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mas que nunca means more than ever so maybe both words

3 years ago

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Thank you for all the comments, that helped a lot!

3 years ago