[Grammar] The Uses Of “Even”

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1. C 2. B

Today we’re gonna take a look at an adverb word “even“.


It is used to show that something is surprising, unusual, unexpected, or extreme.

I don’t even know where it is.

He loses everything. He even lost his own wedding ring!

When a strong statement is made, the statement is often followed with an example containing “even.” The word “even” adds shock, surprise, or excitement to the example.

The use of “even” itself is quite simple, so let’s move on!


1. Even though / Even when / Even if

“Even” can be combined with the words “though,” “when” and “if.” It emphasizes that a result is unexpected. These three expressions are often interchangeable. But sometimes there are still some subtle differences.

  1. Jerry is never happy. Even though you do everything his way, he is still dissatisfied.
    → You do everything his way, but he is still dissatisfied.
  2. Jerry is never happy. Even whenyou do everything his way, he is still dissatisfied.
    → You sometimes try doing things his way, but he is still dissatisfied.
  3. Jerry is never happy. Even if you do everything his way, he is still dissatisfied.
    → You have tried doing things his way once or twice , but it makes no difference because he is still dissatisfied.


“Even though” is used when something is always done or a fact is mentioned.
“Even when” is used when something is occasionally done.
“Even if” is used when something is rarely done or just imagined.


2. Even so

“Even so” is very much like the word “but” or “however.” “Even so” is different in that it is used with surprising or unexpected results.

She is loud and unfriendly. Even so, I like her.

I had a terrible headache, but even so I went to the concert.

3. Even as

It means “at the same time as”.

It thundered even as I spoke.

→ It thundered at the same time as I spoke.


4. even now/then

It means “despite something”.

I gave Jim very clear instructions, but even then he managed to make a mess of it.

→ Despite my clear instructions, Jim managed to make a mess of it.

The meaning is similar to “Though I gave Jim very clear instructions, he managed to make a mess of it.” But with “even then”, you can express your surprise or anger.


1. Even ____ the interview went terribly yesterday, she got the job.

2. She is very easily insulted. Even _____ a person complements her, she takes it as an insult.

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