This word confusion is one of those, ahem, confusing ones. *Grin*
Okay, okay, I’m being serious, for a minute. It’s exactly what it says below. If your character is exclaiming about how amazing something is, how ever did you do this!, it’s a sure bet that the ever is intensifying the how and they are two separate words. Slamming the two separate words together, however, takes this in the opposite direction, creating a contradiction.
|If we explore the phrase I used above:|
|How ever did you do this!
Oh wow, you are so incredible. I can’t believe you were able to do this.
|However did you do this…
I can’t believe you screwed this up so badly, in whatever way you managed to destroy this, well, I just don’t know.
|How ever did you manage to climb that mountain?
Wow, I’m so impressed with your stamina.
|…however you managed to climb that mountain.
I don’t know if you used ropes or helicopters…
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Ever is used to intensify an adverb and is always separated from that adverb with a space or words||Introduces a statement that contrasts with or seems to contradict something that has been said previously
In whatever way
Regardless of how
To whatever extent
No matter how
|How in the world did you ever manage to separate those dogs?||However you look at it…
He was hesitant to take the risk, however small.
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?