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‡Using Even

Even shows surprising extremes. It is a
word used for adding special emphasis
to what is being said.
It is cold there, even in summer. (So
you can be sure that it will be very cold
there in winter.)
Even a child can solve this puzzle. (So
you can be sure that it is a very simple
He was rude even to the police
inspector. (So you can sure that he
would be rude to just about
She never even wrote me a letter.
Even the teacher could not solve the
problem. (It must have been a very
difficult one.)
Even can also mean still, yet.
You know even less than I do about it.
(= I know only a little about it. You
know even less.)
The word even should be written in
front of and next to the word it
modifies. Read the following sentences
and notice how the meaning changes
with a change in the position of even.
He eats even raw potatoes. (= He eats
just about anything including raw
He even eats raw potatoes. (= He does
a lot of things with raw potatoes. He
also eats them.)
Even he eats raw potatoes. (= He eats
raw potatoes, so others should have
no reason not to eat them because if it
is good for him, then it has got to be
good for others too.)
Note that even is an adverb. It cannot
be used as a conjunction. However, we
can use even if and even though as
conjunctions. Both expressions have
the same meaning.
I will do it even if you forbid me to.
Even so means ‘in spite of that’.
The book is expensive, but even so you
ought to buy it.

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