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    even I can

    "I know his English isn't very good but even I can understand him!" (Learning English | BBC World Service)
    Why is "even" used before a clause? Is it because it is followed by a conjunction (but)?

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    Re: even I can

    It can even be used before a sentence, without a conjunction. For example, 'Even a child can understand it.'── quoted from http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...english/even_1
    It is 'used to emphasize something unexpected or surprising'── quoted from the same page.

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    Re: even I can

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    It can even be used before a sentence, without a conjunction. For example, 'Even a child can understand it.'── quoted from http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...english/even_1
    It is 'used to emphasize something unexpected or surprising'── quoted from the same page.

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    I was thinking if this was related with "although" but thanks for your help.

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    Re: even I can

    'His English isn't very good, although I can understand him.' Its meaning is different.
    'Even' and 'although' translate differently in my native language, so they are not confusing to me

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