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    My sister can't write. She even can't read. (1)
    She can't even read. (2)

    Q1 : Where can I put the word "even"?
    Q2 : Which one is write?
    Q3 : Any differences between the snetences: (1) and (2) if both are right?

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    Re: even

    It goes after the negative statement and before the verb in negative sentences. In positive sentences it normally goes immediately after the pronoun.

    She can't even read.
    She hasn't even got up yet.
    He doesn't even like broccoli.

    I went out at 5am yesterday, and then again at 3pm. I even went out again in the evening.
    She's suddenly started to eat vegetables. She even likes carrots!
    He's behaving really well this week. He even went to bed at 7pm when I asked him to.

    Remember that "even" can be combined with other words and that might change the order:

    She asked for even more broccoli.
    He bought even more shoes.
    There are even fewer people here today than there were yesterday.
    The snow is even deeper this year than it was last year.

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    Re: even

    Mid-position adverbs with negative verbs

    In negative sentences, adverbs generally come before 'not' if they emphasise the negative: otherwise they come after.
    I certainly do not agree.
    I do not often have girlfriend.

    Both positions are possible with some adverbs, often with difference of meaning.
    I don’t really like her. (Mild dislike)
    I really don’t like her (strong dislike)

    Can't we apply this case with 'even'?

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    Re: even

    Quote Originally Posted by ridvann View Post
    Mid-position adverbs with negative verbs

    In negative sentences, adverbs generally come before 'not' if they emphasise the negative: otherwise they come after.
    I certainly do not agree.
    I do not often have a girlfriend. This is not natural English, even with the article.

    Both positions are possible with some adverbs, often with difference of meaning.
    I donít really like her. (Mild dislike)
    I really donít like her (strong dislike)

    Can't we apply this case with 'even'?
    No, we can't.

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    Re: even

    Thanks for the answers. I have read this rule in an internet page.

    "Always" can't go at the beginning or end of the sentence.

    Is that right?

    Thanks...

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    Re: even

    Quote Originally Posted by ridvann View Post
    I have read this rule in an internet page.

    "Always" can't go at the beginning or end of the sentence......Is that right?
    Always can be used at the beginning of a sentence, but only in restricted ways.

    Always I get up at seven. ?/X
    Always look both ways before crossing the road.
    Aways cheerful, John is very popular at work.

    COCA had 2,072 examples of always at the end of a sentence.

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