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The word "even" is used for amounts and conditions. It represents basic English, but for some beginning level learners, it can be a very challenging word:


  • I have five apples and you have five apples. That makes us even. We have an even number of apples. We each have five.
  • The number four is an even number. It can be divided by two evenly. There’s not a remaining fraction after the number four is divided.
  • The number three is not an even number. It can’t be divided evenly without a remaining fraction.


  • You said you would do better in school, but you aren’t even trying. (The word "even" provides emphasis.)
  • Why are you laughing? This isn’t even funny.
  • Don’t even think about doing quitting school.

situations and conditions

  • The rivers will continue to rise even if we don’t get any more rain.
  • Even the math teacher had a hard time trying to figure out the math problem.
  • Even though I ate a foot-long subway sandwich, I’m still hungry. (This situation is not expected. I shouldn’t still be hungry.)

as a verb

  • Our team was losing by two runs until Jose hit a homer and that evened the score, six to six.
  • The hairstylist evened the ends of the girl’s hair with a pair of clippers.
  • That evens things for us. (You don’t owe me anything and I don’t owe you anything.)

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Date of publication: September 5, 2016



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