Ever means at any time, so it is inappropriate in
the above sentence. Ever is used mainly in questions.
it is usually associated with the present perfect, it can also be
used with a present, past or past perfect verb form or with future
the answer is no, we often use never in the reply,
meaning ‘not at any time?
the answer is yes, we might add once or twice,
etc, to indicate how many times we have done whatever is being referred
to. Compare the following:
- 'Have you ever been to Ireland?' 'Yes, I've been there twice,
once in 1983 and again in 1995.'
- 'Did you ever meet Tom Robinson when you were at uni?' 'No,
I never did.'
- 'My driving instructor asked me if I’d ever driven before.'
'I said, no, I never had.'
- 'Do you ever go to the cinema?' 'No, I prefer to watch films
on video or DVD.'
- 'Are you ever going to finish this book?' 'I’ll try and finish
it over the summer. I've no time now.'
- 'Will you ever marry me?' 'No, Jason I don't think I ever will.'