Even

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Even

Even shares a similar meaning with 'also' or 'moreover' in the following examples:
She even paid for my drink. She paid for my drink too, which was surprising.
Even if I don't come, I'll give you a call. I'll call you whether I come or not.
Even dogs can swim! Moreover, dogs can swim too!

Even can also mean 'still' or 'yet' in the following case:
Bruno is impressed by Susie's charm, but he is even more impressed by her efficiency. Bruno is impressed by Susie's charm, but he is still more impressed by her efficiency.

Some common expressions which use even:
even though, even if although, despite the fact that
Even though it was my birthday, he made me come to work. Although it was my birthday, he still made me come to work.
I'm going to have to report this to Bruno, even though it is your first infraction. I'm going to have to report this to Bruno, although it is only your first infraction.
maybe even perhaps also
If you'd like to have a drink on Tuesday, and maybe even go out to dinner, please call me. If you'd like to have a drink on Tuesday, and perhaps also go out to dinner, please call me.
even so despite this, in spite of this, however
- I have to leave a little early today. - Even so, you have to finish your work. - I have to leave a little early today. - In spite of this, you still have to finish your work.
even more still more, yet more; to be more exact
I need even more information. I need yet more information than this.
Even more than a girlfriend, I'm looking for a wife. I'm looking especially for a wife, rather than a girlfriend.

Note: Even is also an adjective which can be translated as 'divisible by two', 'level', 'equal'...
even numbers numbers which can be divided by two (for example 4, 6, 8, 124 etc.)
an even surface a level, flat, smooth surface


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