If you ever...

MeBenji

Senior Member
French - France
Hello,

1) If you ever are told you can't do something, stop them.
2) If you are ever told you can't do something, stop them.

Could you please tell me which is correct?

Regards
 
  • MeBenji

    Senior Member
    French - France
    Neither: "stop them" makes no sense to me. What are you trying to say?
    Ok, so let's replace "stop them" by "don't listen to them".
    My question is about the right place of the word ever here.
     

    Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    Neither "stop them" nor "don't listen to them" makes sense, because you haven't mentioned any people who might be "them".

    But your sentence could stand without that final clause:
    If you are ever told you can't do something, don't listen.
     

    MeBenji

    Senior Member
    French - France
    I thought I could use "them" because, to me, to be told (passive voice) implies necessarily that one or several people may say "You can't do something". I may have said: If someone ever tell you that...
    Anyway, what about the position of the word ever? Is 1) correct too?
     

    Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    No, you can't use "them" without a prior mention of people in your sentence, even if "they" exist in your mind. ;)

    I used the position of "ever" that I prefer stylistically, but the other one isn't wrong.
     
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