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the choice of even wearing shoes

 
 
Reply Sun 2 Jun, 2019 06:33 pm
I don't understand the use of "even" here. Does it simply mean "common"?

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Put on athletic clothing. Wear a tight-fitting shirt and pants so it'll be easier to hula hoop and so the hoop won't get caught on any loose clothing.
Comfortable shoes will also make it easier for you to hula hoop. They don't have to be athletic shoes, and the choice of even wearing shoes at all, is optional. It will neither influence nor harm your attempt to hula hoop.
Avoid wearing any bracelets or any dangling jewelry that can get caught in the hula hoop.
Source:
https://www.wikihow.com/Hula-Hoop
 
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Sun 2 Jun, 2019 07:00 pm
"Even" here is "used as an intensive to indicate something that is unexpected." (definition 1, adverb 1.c. American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language)
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Ragman
 
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Reply Sun 2 Jun, 2019 07:49 pm
@oristarA,
It means the possibility of not wearing shoes at all.
chai2
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Reply Sun 2 Jun, 2019 07:59 pm
@Ragman,
I think it's easier to be barefoot, or wearing shoes that have a flexible sole when hula hooping.

It's important to have a flexible foot when you're hooping.

No flip flops either.

chai2
 
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Reply Sun 2 Jun, 2019 08:04 pm
@chai2,
Note how this hula hooper is unable to control the spin, as her shoes/boots are simply too stiff. Also, she would do better if her hair was pinned up out of the way.
(Turn the sound up to see the hula hoop instructors response at the attempt)



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oristarA
 
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Reply Sun 2 Jun, 2019 08:08 pm
Thank you.
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Jewels Vern
 
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Reply Mon 3 Jun, 2019 10:51 pm
@oristarA,
"Even" is an intensifier. It suggests that you might be surprised by such a suggestion.
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