Do I need to add a comma before 'even' in the following sentence?

I hold her very dear. As dear as my family even.


I hold her very dear. As dear as my family, even.


Yes, include the comma.

From Comma Rules at yourdictionary.com:

  1. Use a comma to signal that the main, independent clause is about to begin (when the sentence begins with something else) or that it is being interrupted. Words that may be used to introduce or interrupt a sentence are: in fact, on the other hand, to tell the truth, yes, no, indeed, well, nevertheless, however, in my opinion, etc.

The truth, in my opinion, is that we are all guilty in part. Indeed, I know that I am. However, I didn’t pull the trigger. Mrs. Peacock, on the the other hand, did. If you have any doubts about this fact, please check her purse. You will find the gun there, I believe.

The main clause is "As dear as family". In your example, "even" functions like the last example, "I believe".

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