Today, let’s look at the difference between “even though” and “even if.” While they may seem very similar, they have very different meanings and uses in English.
“Even though” means the same thing as “despite the fact,” “although,”
and “though.” While the meaning is the same, “even though” does sound stronger than “although” or “though.” “Even though” always refers to a real situation.
(= I studied every day. However, I wasn’t able to improve my test score.)
(= She lives in Paris. Despite that, she does not speak French very well.)
(= It is supposed to rain tomorrow. Still, we are going to go hiking.)
“Even if” means the same thing as “whether or not” or “it doesn’t matter if.” “Even if” always refers to unreal situations or hypothetical situations.
Let’s look at some examples:
(= Imagine that you were to offer me a million dollars. I still wouldn’t try skydiving.)
(= Regardless of whether you are busy or not busy, you should exercise.)
(= I’m not sure if there is a long line or not. If there is a long line, I still want to eat at that ramen shop)