ever so slightly

english apprentice

Senior Member
Hi, everybody,

This quote comes from a book by Paul Auster I'm reading, and I can't understand a specifi word:

"I could hear his voice break ever so slightly, as if he were trying to muffle a sob".

I dont understand the use, meaning of "ever" here. Does it mean "once in a while" , "always","never"??
I'm not really sure. Thanks for your help.
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  • kayokid

    Senior Member
    English, USA

    The linguistic combination here is 'ever so' = just.

    I could hear his voice break slightly/just slightly/a little/a little bit, etc.
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