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    Dear all

    I often meet this kind of sentence "If it is to operate....."

    Can you explain me the role of "is to"?

    I guess it is for emphasis, but Im not sure

    Thank you^^

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    Experts, please reply!

    I am also eager to know what this grammtically means...

    As far as I understand, it is a statement\fact. (simple present tense)

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    Default Re: Really need your help

    Quote Originally Posted by vihotruki View Post
    Dear all

    I often meet this kind of sentence "If it is to operate....."

    Can you explain me the role of "is to"?

    I guess it is for emphasis, but Im not sure

    Thank you^^
    You can insert a mental "going".
    "If it is going to operate, you'll need to insert a battery."
    You can also say:
    "To make it operate, ..."
    "To get it to operate, ..."
    "For it to operate, ..."

    "In order for it to operate, ..."
    ...
    I don't think it's for emphasis. If it is, what is the base form?

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    Thank Raymott, It sounds plausible. I think now I know how to use this in a right way.

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