Is ''even'' an adjective?

Is ''even'' an adjective?

She liked him even when she was arguing with him.

I shall give the details to no one, not even to you.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago
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    No:  it is an adverb used to emphasize something surprising or extreme.

    Which is how it is used in both your examples. 

  • 2 months ago

    not in either sentence. It is an adjective when talking about a number, perhaps, or when used to mean "fair" (equitable), like an even trade, or level, like even ground.

    In your examples, it is acting as an adverb.

  • 2 months ago

    yes. In both cases.

  • User
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    In that usage

    "even" is an ADVERB.

    "Even" can also be used as an adjective.

    examples:

    adj

    - The pavement is even with the ground. [even describes the pavement]

    adv

    - The grass is even more green over the septic tank. [even describes the adjective "green"]

    To realize WHY this is considered an adverb in that usage

    write the sentence WITHOUT the adverb

    - The grass is more green over the septic tank.

    The adjective is "more green".

    In what way is it "more green"?

    It's EVEN more green.

    Similarly we can use other adverbs

    - The grass is slightly more green over the septic tank.

    - The grass is hardly more green over the septic tank.

    Let's take a look at your sentences.

    - She liked him even when she was arguing with him.

    What is "even" describing?

    Her LIKING him. It's describing the verb and so it's an adverb.

    We can replace with other adverbs:

    - She liked him less when she was arguing with him.

    - She liked him more when she was arguing with him.

    - I shall give the details to no one, not even to you.

    What is "even" describing? It's harder to tell in this case (much harder). We can abbreviate it, clear out the "extra stuff" and rewrite to clarify the usage

    - I shall not give the details even to you.

    Rearranging

    - I shall not even give the details to you.

    And in that last we can clearly see that "even" is actually describing the giving rather than something else, despite its placement before the direct object "to you".

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