they didn't even feed us


Senior Member
In my country, whenever you visit homes of friends, relatives, classmates, etc., people would offer snacks because it's normally impolite not to do so. Let's say John and his classmates agreed to go to his house to do a school project from 2 p.m., and they finished at around 6 p.m. Joe's stomach has been rumbling since 4 p.m. and he seemed very hungry while eating his dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Mom: Why so hungry?​
Joe: They didn't even feed us there.​

Please confirm if Joe's comment sounds natural. With that remark, it sounds like it is something that is expected. (If not, let's suppose he is a migrant and offering snacks to guests is part of their culture.)
  • Franco-filly

    Senior Member
    English - Southern England
    I think I'd use "[not] even" when emphasising something more surprising than something you've already mentioned e.g. They didn't offer us a snack. They didn't even give us a drink"

    I'd suggest something like "They didn't offer us a scrap of food!"


    Senior Member
    English - US
    To put it slightly diffferently, "even" implies there's something else that they didn't do. You didn't said what that was, so there's nothing to give "even" meaning.
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