Words Students Confuse: Even if and Even Though

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edited February 21 in Grammar
Students often confuse the adverbial conjunctions even if and even though

What you need to remember is that even if is conditional (notice the if) while even though presents a contrast (though)

For example, "Even if I am offered a better job, I will not move from this city." "The tree will fall down even if we try to support it."

Notice that the first part is not yet true when using even if.

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Even though he has won the award the last two years, there is a chance he won't win it this year." "I need to go shopping even though it is snowing hard."

Notice that there is a contrast: he may not win the award this year; I should not go out in the snow.

Put even if or even though in the sentences below

1. I am going for a jog ______________________ it is raining outside.
2. ________________ I fail this class, I will still continue my studies.
3. __________________ the price of electricity rises, it will remain a small part of our budget.
4. She needs to ask him _________________ she thinks he will refuse her offer.
5. _______________ I bought new glasses, I still can't see the board.
6. They like to watch curling, _________________ the sport is unknown in most of the world.

Click here for the correct answers:

1. I am going for a jog even though it is raining outside.
2. Even if I fail this class, I will still continue my studies.
3. Even if the price of electricity rises, it will remain a small part of our budget.
4. She needs to ask him even if she thinks he will refuse her offer.
5. Even though I bought new glasses, I still can't see the board.
6. They like to watch curling, even though the sport is unknown in most of the world.

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