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I would appreciate your help.

He is not strong at all. He would not even lift me.

I would like to express that he would not even lift me, let alone heavier stuff.

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Even is fine, but you probably want could instead of would to denote ability. Would suggests willingness.

He is not strong at all. He could not even lift me.

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I agree with 'cornbread', the word you should use is could instead of would. But if you are talking informally, you could also use cannot.

He is not strong at all. He cannot even lift me.

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Your sentence is fine, but you might like to consider He could not lift even me, which carries the implication that lifting other things would certainly be beyond him. He could not even lift me might have a different connotation, that he certainly could not carry you any distance. But it's a minor point.

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  • +1 Not a minor point at all; this conveys the OP's intentions best.
    – dj18
    Commented May 23, 2012 at 20:59

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