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he is a socialist, he is scarely in sympathy with the working class.

A. Although

B. Even if

Which one is better, and why?

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I like A. B sounds unlikely.
A is the answer. But what's wrong with B? And in what situation should I use B but not A?
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china.hyhscarely
I think you mean scarcely.
CJ
And, by the way, I would have got it wrong. I would have said B.
china.hyhAnd in what situation should I use B but not A?
Use even if in a clause with a subjunctive when the main clause has a conditional:
Even if I knew him better, I wouldn't tell him anything about this.
CB
From the BBC:
though, even though and even so, even if

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When we use even before if, when and though, it has the effect of making the ideas expressed appear more extreme or surprising. Even if is used for emphasising that although something might happen, the situation will not change:

I shall continue to work from 6 a.m. till midnight, even if it kills me.

Even if I became a millionaire, I would not stop working.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/learnit/learnitv345.shtml
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Your statement is not correct. EVEN IF can be used with an indicative mode as well
Even if it's moving i'll jump on that train
AnonymousYour statement is not correct. EVEN IF can be used with an indicative mode as wellEven if it's moving i'll jump on that train
The statement said 'when the main clause has a conditional'; it didn't say 'always'. Even if it's moving I'll jump on that train has no conditional (no "would").

So if you read it closely, there's no cause to say it's not correct.

CJ

'although he is a socialist' gives a strong statement, which is then contrasted. (He is definitely a socialist)

'even if he is a socialist' indicates a sense of possible doubt (he could be a socialist, but the suggestion is that whether he is or is not, he doesn't sympathise with the working class). It is more of a modifier than a direct contrast.

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