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1 if /ˈɪf/ conjunction
1 if
/ˈɪf/
conjunction
Learner's definition of IF
used to talk about the result or effect of something that may happen or be true
used to discuss the imaginary result or effect of something that did not happen or that is or was not true
used to say that something must happen before another thing can happen
used to indicate a result that always occurs when something happens
: even though : although
used to introduce a statement or question about something that is not certain
used to make a polite request or suggestion
used to state an opinion in a polite way
used in statements that describe feelings (such as regret) about a possible situation
used in statements and questions that express doubt
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used to introduce an even stronger alternative to what has just been said
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used to express surprise about meeting someone when it is not expected
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used to emphasize the truth of a statement

as if

see 2as

even if

see 2even

if anything

used to make a statement that strongly disagrees or contrasts with a preceding statement

if it comes to that

see 1come

if I were you

used when giving advice to people about how they should behave

if not for

: in the absence of (something or someone) : without
often used in the phrases if it were not for and if it had not been for

if nothing else

: at least used to stress that an approving statement is true even though a stronger statement might not be

if only

used to talk about something that you want to happen or be true

if you ask me

used in statements that express an opinion

if you must

see 1must

what if

see 1what
2 if /ˈɪf/ noun
plural ifs
2 if
/ˈɪf/
noun
plural ifs
Learner's definition of IF
[count]
: something that is not certain : something that could either happen or not happen
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