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‘Never’ as an adverb

Below are some examples of sentences from classic literature using the word ‘Never’ as an adverb.


The voice of calumny is never silent.

From ‘A Damsel in Distress’, by P.G. Wodehouse.


“Those who do not complain are never pitied.”

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.


“Emma knows I never flatter her,” said Mr Knightley.

From ‘Emma’, by Jane Austen.


“I never read novels; I have something else to do.”

From ‘Northanger Abbey’, by Jane Austen.


“God bless you! You’ve never deserted me, dear boy.”

From ‘Great Expectations’, by Charles Dickens.


“She will never play really well unless she practises more.”

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.


While you are doing your duty, Arthur, I shall never complain of neglect.

From ‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall’, by Anne Brontë.


No wonder that letters addressed to people here had never received an answer.

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


He looked at us, as if he could never feast his eyes on us sufficiently.

From ‘David Copperfield’, by Charles Dickens.


Tom was not afraid of the dragon, although he had never spoken to one before.

From ‘The Book of Dragons’, by Edith Nesbit.


“I make a rule of never interfering in any of my daughter-in-law’s concerns.”

From ‘Persuasion’, by Jane Austen.


“I shall never forget her appearance this morning. She really looked almost wild.”

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.


May your eyes never shed such stormy, scalding, heart-wrung tears as poured from mine.

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


To my faults also she gave ample indulgence, never imposing curb or rein on anything I said.

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


Never,” said he, as he ground his teeth, “never was anything at once so frail and so indomitable.”

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


The songs of Homer, and the fame of Achilles, had probably never reached the ear of the illiterate Barbarian.

From ‘Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Vol. 3)’, by Edward Gibbon.


“Do you never laugh, Miss Eyre? Don’t trouble yourself to answer — I see you laugh rarely; but you can laugh very merrily.”

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


“It’s always wet in Scotland,” said George. “I was three weeks in Scotland the year before last, and was never dry once all the time — not in that sense.”

From ‘Three Men on the Bummel’, by Jerome K. Jerome.

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Again the poor man groaned; he looked as if he dared not move.

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.

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