There is not even a single thing in the shop.

The article a and single means one. Can we use these two together?

Is the sentence is correct if we remove the article a or the word single? (ie, There is not even single thing.....)

Is the article a is for the noun thing?

Is the word even acting as an adverb? If it is an adverb,which verb is it defining?

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The word thing is countable, so it always needs an article (a thing, the thing) or a determiner (my thing, John's thing, etc.) Therefore the sentence is incorrect if you try to remove the article, like

There is not even single thing...

because single is an adjective, not a determiner. You could remove the adjective single and make it

There is not even a thing...

although it is more fluent to say

There is not a thing...

if you mean there is nothing at all.

Even is an adverb; the definition in this case is

used as an intensive to stress an extreme or highly unlikely condition or instance

Since there is only one verb in the sentence ("is"), it's modifying that one.

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