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Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.
Mettici il cuore, la mente e l’anima anche nei tuoi gesti più piccoli. Questo è il segreto del successo.
– Swami Sivananda

✓ It was such an exciting match that even my wife, who hates football, was shouting at the TV by the end.
✗ It was such an exciting match that *also* my wife, who hates football, was shouting at the TV by the end.

Era una partita così avvincente che anche/persino mia moglie, che odia il calcio, stava urlando alla TV ora della fine.

In English we use even and not *also* to emphasise that something is surprising, more (or less) than we expected or would think, etc.

Some more examples:

✓ It’s so easy that even a five-year-old could do it.
✗ It’s so easy that *also* a five-year-old could do it.

E’ così facile che saprebbe farlo anche un bambino di cinque anni.

✓ The hotel was excellent. It even had a babysitting service.
✗ The hotel was excellent. It *also* had a babysitting service.

L’albergo era ottimo. Aveva persino un servizio di babysitting.

✓ I love spicy food but even I can’t eat this curry! It’s too hot, even for me!
✗ I love spicy food but *also* I can’t eat this curry! It’s too hot, *also* for me!

Adoro il cibo piccante ma persino io non riesco a mangiare questo curry! E’ troppo piccante, anche per me!

Even is common in negative sentences too. For example:

✓ “Have you finished?”
“Finished? I haven’t even started!”
“Hai finito?”
“Finito? Non ho neanche iniziato!”

✓ I’m in love with a girl who doesn’t even know that I exist!

Sono inammorato di una ragazza che non sa neanche che io esista!

I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.
Cucino col vino, a volte addirittura lo aggiungo al cibo.
– W. C. Fields

 


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