When do you use `how ever’?

Don’t confuse `how ever’ with `however’. `How ever’ occurs mostly in questions. The word `ever’ is used to give emphasis to various expressions. It is used to indicate surprise, admiration, anger, etc.

*How ever did you manage to get the tickets for the movie?

The word `ever’ is used to add emphasis to the question. Notice that even without the word `ever’, the questions would be grammatically correct. According to some scholars, `how ever’ in these questions has the same meaning as “how on earth”. “How on earth did you get a job as teacher?”

 Source: ‘Know Your English’ ( The Hindu) -April 30, 2007 

 

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