Oxford Dictionary defines the adverb even as:

used to emphasize something surprising or extreme.
"they have never even heard of the US"
synonyms: surprisingly, unexpectedly, paradoxically
"even the best hitters missed the ball"

  • used in comparisons for emphasis.
    "he knows even less about it than I do"
    synonyms: still, yet, more, all the more
    "it got even colder"

Is there a stronger version of this? My example is:

The LHC machine, even when it found the Higgs boson, _______ when it find the tachyon, is still only a combination of atoms.

Finding out the Higgs boson is already extraodinary, but being able find out the tachyon is unimaginable.

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    I think the standard progression is even, ... still even .
    – Dan Bron
    Mar 9, 2018 at 13:14
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    The LHC machine, even when it found the Higgs boson – yes, even when it finds the tachyon – is still only a combination of atoms. Mar 9, 2018 at 14:34
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    The repetition of even itself is what makes the construction work; why bother inflecting it? Mar 9, 2018 at 15:06
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    In speech, even stronger than even is EEEven. In novels, that's typically indicated with italics, sometimes on the thing being emphasized ("The dog, even when it found a bone, even when it found a squirrel, would always return when I whistled"). In more formal writing, just repeat it, perhaps with some fillip like the suggestions above or "and even".
    – 1006a
    Mar 9, 2018 at 15:47
  • @1 I thought that it's the second "even" to be italicized?
    – Ooker
    Mar 9, 2018 at 16:24

2 Answers 2


Let alone, according to Oxford Dictionary Online:

"Used to indicate that something is far less likely or suitable than something else already mentioned." 1

In your sentence (also added a will to it grammatical):

The LHC machine, even when it found the Higgs boson, let alone when it will find the tachyon, is still only a combination of atoms.

Other sentence from you example, my addition is in bold:

They have never even heard of the US, let alone Texas.

Other example sentences from ODO:

"‘At the time he had no idea how to start a business, let alone find the financial backing to realise his dream.’"

"‘There was a chance that he might not be able to breathe for himself or swallow, let alone walk or talk again.’"


1 "Let Alone | Definition of Let Alone in English by Oxford Dictionaries." Oxford Dictionaries | English. Accessed March 23, 2018. https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/let_alone.


My current choice:

Even when the Higgs boson is found, or even the tachyon will ever be found, the LHC is only more advanced than a hoe by the number of oscillators.

Will ever highlights the miraculousness of finding out the tachyon, hence it makes a stronger version of even.

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