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    Provided/Providing

    Hello.I have a question for you.
    When do we use provided/providing in conditionals and what's the difference between the two?

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    Post Re: Provided/Providing

    Quote Originally Posted by cnistor View Post
    Hello.I have a question for you.
    When do we use provided/providing in conditionals and what's the difference between the two?
    ♥♦♣♠ NOT A TEACHER ♥♦♣♠

    I hope this will help you a bit get the idea of the two conjunctions - provided (that) and providing (that) are synonymous, and mean something like so/as long as or only if. They seem to me a little stronger than just the conjunction if.

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    Re: Provided/Providing

    Quote Originally Posted by cnistor View Post
    Hello.I have a question for you.
    When do we use provided/providing in conditionals and what's the difference between the two?
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Cnistor,


    (1) In the year 1906, two British brothers -- H.W. Fowler and F.G. Fowler

    -- wrote a book entitled The King's English.

    (2) It is SUPER difficult for ordinary people like me to understand, but

    I have never forgotten one piece of advice they gave and that I would

    like to pass on to you:

    If you have a choice between using "if" or "provided," you will

    NEVER make a mistake if you decide to use "if."

    BUT sometimes it is possible to use "provided" incorrectly.

    THEREFORE, I most respectfully suggest that you always

    use "if"; when you become an advanced student, then it might

    be time to consider using "provided (that)."

    (3) If you ever wish to read the brothers' advice, just get a

    copy of The King's English (Does Google books on the Web have

    it???) and look in the index for "provided."


    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

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    Re: Provided/Providing

    The King's English is indeed a fascinating book, but I would not recommend it to people learning English today. It was written over a century ago, and its 'rules' were rejected even then as over-prescriptive and/or old-fashioned by some people.

    If you are looking for an 'authority', you would do better to try the rather more modern Fowler's Modern English Usage (3rd edition, 1996, edited by R W Burchfield) Oxford: OUP.

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    Re: Provided/Providing

    Thank you for your help.

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