I've encountered an even use when reading an article.

I don't know what does it stand for in this sentence.

I wonder that is even in the sentence below an adverb, an adjective or a verb? And it provides a stress or anything?

Now can you even come up with a decent plan.

1 Answer 1


Yes, even in this sense provides emphasis.

When emphasizing verbs, even comes before an ordinary verb

(Macmillan Dictionary)

It's not an adjective because it doesn't modify a noun. It's an adjective when it means "flat and smooth"

prepare the site, then lay an even bed of mortar

(Oxford Dictionary)

  • But in Now can you even come up with a decent plan sentence, even comes after subject which comes after a modal. A verb must be after subject in this case. Must not it? If so, even should be used as a verb.
    – efkan
    May 26, 2017 at 13:04
  • @efkan it comes before the verb. In your example, the verb is "come". May 26, 2017 at 13:15
  • Sorry for my misunderstanding.
    – efkan
    May 26, 2017 at 13:27
  • @efkan Ohh nooo, why would you say sorry? I'm glad that I can help you. :) May 26, 2017 at 13:29

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