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Unread Jul 27th, 2012, 09:22 pm
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Default conditional sentence

Generally speaking, there are three types of conditional sentences, and they can be mixed according to the meaning. But could I use EVEN IF to replace IF in the three types? (I've got this question becasue I know WHEN is not possible. There isn't a context, but I just hope to know whether this is idiomatic English or whether this is allowed.
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Default Re: conditional sentence

It's not a matter of can you / can't you. And nothing to do with idiomatic language. If and Even if have two completely different meanings and are therefore used in different contexts. The meaning of the sentences changes completely if you substitute them.

If = on the condition that X, then Y.
If you get good grades, you should find a job easily.
If you'd been there, you would have been able to stop them


Even if = whether X or not, then Y.
Even if you get good grades, you'll have no chance of finding a job.
Even if you had been there, you'd never have been able to stop them.


So no - they're not alternatives, but for reasons of meaning, not grammar.
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thank you very much.
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