Jack Leung
Could you plz tell me what does the ' even' mean in this sentence. Thanks " I personally had to blunder through this old world for a third of a century before it even begin to dawn upon me that ninety-nine out of a hundred, people don't criticise themselves for anything no matter wrong it may be." Thanks a lot.
Apr 18, 2016 11:01 PM
Answers · 6
The 'even' in this sentence would be taken as 'before the event occurred/happened'. So this sentence is saying that before thinking about the 99 out of a 100, he blundered through the old world for a third of a century
April 18, 2016
I can best explain by using a simple example. "This smartphone costs less than $100" is a simple statement of fact. "This smartphone costs even less than $100" communicates two ideas at the same time: a) This smartphone costs less than $100, and b) $100 is a very low price. The smartphone is cheaper than cheap. In your example, "even" strengthens the statement by saying more than "before I realized X." It isn't just before I realized X. It's before I began to realize X.
April 19, 2016
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