Where to put "even"?
A) I don't know his business. I don't even know his name.
B) I don't know his business. I don't know even his name.
Which do you think is more natural sentence? I'm studying English. Thank you.
- RPLv 74 weeks ago
The first is best. The problem with the second is that "even" is out of place.
- busterwasmycatLv 74 weeks ago
The first one is better here. the idea is that not only do I not know his business, I don't know anything about him, not even his name (as an example of something you would be expected to know if you knew anything at all).
- John PLv 74 weeks ago
A is natural in British English. Await answers from Americans etc.
I have noticed in recent years many questions and answers on this site using 'even' in ways which I find strange. They seem to be from native speakers of English, but they use 'even' in sentences in which I would not even think of using 'even', or they use 'even' at strange positions in sentences.
- PearlLv 74 weeks ago
the first one sounds better
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- Anonymous4 weeks ago
A is more natural. It flows better. It is how the majority of people would say it, it's the normal way.