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How to use Even

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'Everyone seems to have a tattoo these days - even my mother has one!'

If you have seen or heard the word even in English but were unsure of how to use it, this page is for you!

even for surprise

The word even is used to show that something is surprising or unusual; it is more than we would expect:

'She likes chocolate so much that she even eats it for breakfast.'
'We couldn't find it - even using the map.'
'Everyone failed the test - even Susan who usually passes.'

even for comparatives

Even is used to add emphasis when making a comparison:

'It's cold now, but it gets even colder in winter.'
'The second Star Wars film is even better than the first one.'

even for balanced

Even is used to describe a situation which is equal or well balanced:

'Here's the 5 dollars I lent you. We're even now.'
'Both teams played very well - It was an even game.'

even for flat

Even is used to describe a surface that is flat:

'The table has an even surface.'

even for numbers

Even numbers are 2, 4, 6 and so on. The opposite are odd numbers (1, 3, 5, ...)

  • India is even ___ than Australia.

  • The new road is very ___ in places.

  • Even Tom ___ her a leaving present - and he never usually buys gifts.

  • Divide the money ___ between you all.

  • Liverpool were losing until Torres ___ the score just before half-time.

  • Careful where you walk - the ___ is not even.

  • That was even ___ than I expected.