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For example:

Anything that even looks like a baby is also cute.

Is it correct?

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    Yes: "even" is a focusing adverb. "That even looks like a baby" is a relative clause modifying "anything".
    – BillJ
    Mar 11, 2019 at 8:37

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Yes. You might say:

Babies are cute. Anything that even looks like a baby is also cute.

Spoken aloud, there would be stress on looks. Another way of expressing it is "so much as":

Babies are cute. Anything that so much as looks like a baby is also cute.

Or to give another illustrative example:

The boss is a real tyrant. Anyone who even looks at him wrong gets chewed out.
The boss is a real tyrant. Anyone who so much as looks at him wrong gets chewed out.

It suggests that what comes after it isn't necessarily enough to produce the reaction that it does, or is not quite the same as something else. It tends to suggest that reactions are excessive or surprising.

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  • Your last example the comma should be after wrong not after him...ie “The boss is a real tyrant. Anyone who so much as looks at him wrong, gets chewed out”.
    – Solar Mike
    Mar 11, 2019 at 12:06

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