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Hi, everyone please take a look this sentence

* She conceded even before all the votes had been counted.

i am not native English speaker, but ,eventually, i have found even, in this case , "even = in plain emotional manner" or "even = quietly".

it's obvious that ,in my opinion, English, sometime it's beautiful ,and sometime it's quite hard to understand. Emotion: crying

my question is that why they didn't write it easier

She conceded quietly before all the votes had been counted.

Anyway i have to use English in everyday, and i do still love it.

note: the sentence * come from http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define.asp?key=15840&dict=CALD

thanks Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary
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"even" functions as an intensive adverb in that context.

Here's what Dictionary.com has to say:

adverb
- To a greater degree or extent. Used as an intensive with comparative adjectives and adverbs: Looked sick and felt even worse.

- Indeed; moreover. Used as an intensive: He was depressed, even suicidal. Even a child knows better.

- Used as an intensive to indicate something that is unexpected: declined even to consider the idea.

- At the same time as; already; just: Even as we watched, the building collapsed.
- To a degree that extends; fully: loyal even unto death.
- Exactly; precisely: It was even as he said: the jewel was gone.
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Oof! "Even!" Yes, that's a very difficult word to work with!

It doesn't mean "quietly" in your example sentence.

She conceded even before all the votes had been counted. = She conceded [even though / although / despite that fact that] it was still before all the votes had been counted. = She conceded [even though / although / despite that fact that] not all the votes had been counted yet.

CJ

PS. "Very thank you" is not English! Say "Thank you very much"! Emotion: wink
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I got your point.

Thank you very much teachers
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