Free English Grammar Lesson: Using Even

Michael Grammar 6 Comments

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.

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      In American English, we say “on the weekend.” In British English they say “at the weekend.”
      Good point about using even with adjectives in the comparative degree. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  1. My doubts were about the placement of even in a frase. Does it Always come before the main verb. Ex He even knows….. or He knows even…..

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      1. Thanks for the promt reply. I would be grateful if you could post a comment about EVER, not only about its placement – at the middle or at the end of the sentence – but also about the meaning – when is is used just for emphasis and when it means …….in the world or …of all times. Thanks

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