Free English Grammar Lesson: Using Even

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Yalcin can even repair computers!

Yalcin can even repair computers!

My friend Yalcin is a pretty talented guy when it comes to computers. He knows all of the popular programs and he can even repair computers. He’s from Turkey, so he speaks Turkish and English. He even speaks a little Japanese! We went out for pizza last weekend, and a lot of our old friends came with us. Even Jim came, and he doesn’t like pizza so much.

A lot of students have trouble using even. Today, I’m going to show you the grammar we use with even so you can use this word in your English conversations.

We use even as an adverb when we want to say that something is more than what we expect. Generally, even comes before the verb:

  • Yalcin even repairs computers.
  • Jack even knows how to speak French.
  • We saw all of the attractions in the amusement park. We even rode the Ferris Wheel.

Even can also come before the subject of the sentence or other words we want to emphasize:

  • Even Jim came to the restaurant, and he doesn’t like pizza.
  • Nobody was able to fix it. Even Tom couldn’t do it, and he knows a lot about cars.
  • I work every day, even on the weekend.
  • Jane said she likes all kinds of music, even country music.

Now, it’s your turn. How about trying to use even in an original sentence in the comment box below? I’ll check it for you.