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Session 27

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Even though vs even if

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Hi, I'm Phil from BBC Learning English. Today, I'm going to tell you the difference between even though and even if.

Now, we use them both for emphasis but they don't mean the same.

We use even though to introduce something that's true, but might be a little bit unexpected. It's a bit like despite. Even though I hate driving, I'm still going to Scotland by car. Even though I hate tennis, I'm still going to watch the final.

We use even if to introduce something hypothetical, so it might not be real. Even if it's sunny when we're in Scotland, I'm not going swimming. Even if you paid me, I wouldn't watch that film.

So, even though is for things that are true but unexpected, and even if is for things that are hypothetical, so they might not be real.

Even though they look the same, they are different – even if you didn't notice at first!

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Even though vs even if

Even though
Even though introduces something that's true, but may be unexpected. It's similar to despite.

  • Even though I hate driving, I'm still going to Scotland.
  • Even though I hate tennis, I'm still going to watch the final.

Even if
Even if
introduces something hypothetical, which means it may not be real.

  • Even if it's sunny when we're in Scotland, I'm not going swimming
  • Even if you paid me, I wouldn't watch that film.

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