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    #1

    even accidentally

    Can one use:
    1) If he thinks that you broke his vase, even accidentally, he will beat you up.

    instead of:
    2) If he thinks that you broke his vase, even if he thinks it was accidental, he will beat you up.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #2

    Re: even accidentally

    Yes.

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    #3

    Re: even accidentally

    As with many of your sentences, navi, there is potential ambiguity. but most native speakers do not have a pedantic turn of mind. They let common sense be their guide.

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    #4

    Re: even accidentally

    I find "he will beat you up" a bit "schoolboys in the playground". I can't imagine any adult native speaker saying that.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    #5

    Re: even accidentally

    I don't find "he will beat you up" at all childish, at least not when it's used metaphorically. Perhaps it's more common here in the States than in other Anglophone countries.
    I am not a teacher.

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