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  1. #1

    Where to place "even"

    When somebody says "I will have a major surgery. I'm afraid of it", which of the following can I say?

    1. I'm even afraid of a minor surgery.
    2. I'm afraid of even a minor surgery.

    [A reply from native speakers would be appreciated.]


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    #2

    Re: Where to place "even"

    Quote Originally Posted by pink dragon View Post
    When somebody says "I will have a major surgery. I'm afraid of it", which of the following can I say?

    1. I'm even afraid of a minor surgery.
    2. I'm afraid of even a minor surgery.

    [A reply from native speakers would be appreciated.]
    Both are acceptable. I would probably use #1 more often though.

  2. #3

    Re: Where to place "even"

    Thank you, Naamplao!


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    Re: Where to place "even"

    Quote Originally Posted by pink dragon View Post
    When somebody says "I will have a major surgery. I'm afraid of it", which of the following can I say?

    1. I'm even afraid of a minor surgery.
    2. I'm afraid of even a minor surgery.

    [A reply from native speakers would be appreciated.]
    Number 1 represents the normal neutral placement while number 2 illustrates a more emphatic placement.

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    #5

    Re: Where to place "even"

    I believe there is a distinct difference between the sentences. 1 puts the emphasis on "afraid" while 2 places it on "minor surgery".

    In effect, I understand 1 to mean, among other things, the speaker is 'even afraid', whereas 2 seems to me to suggest that he is such a timorous character that he is afraid of "even minor surgery".

    Please correct me if I am wrong.

  3. #6

    Re: Where to place "even"

    Thank you riverkid and spencer!

    So...
    are opinions divided on this even among native speakers?

    Oh, and I'm a woman.
    Quote Originally Posted by spenser View Post
    ... whereas 2 seems to me to suggest that he is such a timorous character that he is afraid of "even minor surgery".

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