barely ever

emre aydın

Senior Member
Turkish
Is there a problem with using "barely" and "ever" together?

For example, can a man who usually eats at home lately say "I barely ever dine out these days" ?

Thank you for your help.
 
  • emre aydın

    Senior Member
    Turkish
    from Merriam-Webster dictionary:

    "hardly/scarcely ever

    : almost never: rarely

    • She hardly ever sings anymore.
    • I scarcely ever think of them now.

    rarely/seldom ever

    : almost never: rarely

    • We seldom ever dine out these days.
    • She rarely ever drinks wine.
    ◊ Some people regard rarely ever and seldom ever as incorrect, but these phrase are common in speech and in informal writing"

    The last sentence has made me think that some combinations may not be correct. So I opened this thread.
     

    PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    ◊ Some people regard rarely ever and seldom ever as incorrect, but these phrase are common in speech and in informal writing"

    The last sentence has made me think that some combinations may not be correct. So I opened this thread.
    Then you have misread the entry.

    It says: "Some people regard rarely ever and seldom ever as incorrect," - obviously, this means that "Some people regard rarely ever and seldom ever as correct,".

    It now depends on your personal opinion of rarely/ever/seldom ever.

    MW also does not say who these people are, nor what their qualifications are, nor does it give any reason. In future when you read such things, I suggest you ignore them and decide for yourself - that is what I do.
     

    emre aydın

    Senior Member
    Turkish
    Then you have misread the entry.

    It says: "Some people regard rarely ever and seldom ever as incorrect," - obviously, this means that "Some people regard rarely ever and seldom ever as correct,".

    It now depends on your personal opinion of rarely/ever/seldom ever.

    MW also does not say who these people are, nor what their qualifications are, nor does it give any reason. In future when you read such things, I suggest you ignore them and decide for yourself - that is what I do.
    As I'm not a native speaker, confirmations from you(WordReference) are very helpful for me.

    So is "barely ever" correct to you?
     
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