Wednesday, June 3, 2009

If- conditions

Discussing the ifs of life is always a sure bet for conversation. Who can't complete a sentence that begins with:

If I was the boss, I ....

The sentence brings up another point: what is correct - if I was or if I were? Now, even in most situations, both "was" and "were" can be used in the conditional clause.

Another thing that is useful to discuss is the use of "ever". Look at the sentence:

If ever I've got too much work to do,....

What is the purpose of "ever"? Just to give emphasis, usually. But we can interpret it as -

If ever = If by any chance = If it so happens that. But could it be also interpreted as "whenever"?

What about you? How would you complete the sentence?

If ever I have too much work to do, I ....

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