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    Default It is ok if you make some mistakes.

    I would like to know the meaning of "It and if" grammatically in the next sentence.
    It is ok if you make some mistakes.


    For example
    A. Is there any difference between "1(It)" and "2(It)"?
    1. It is ok if you make some mistakes.
    2. It is true that The Earth is round.


    B. Is there any difference between "1(if)" and "2(if)"?
    1. It is ok if you make some mistakes.
    2. I wonder if it's true.

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    Default Re: It is ok if you make some mistakes.

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    I would like to know the meaning of "It and if" grammatically in the next sentence.
    It is ok if you make some mistakes.


    For example
    A. Is there any difference between "1(It)" and "2(It)"?
    Yes, in my opinion. However, if the first sentence were "It doesn't matter whether/if you make some mistakes (or not)," there would be no difference. (They would be both 'preparatory subjects'.)

    1. It is ok if you make some mistakes.
    I think you could also say, "If(=Even if) you make some mistakes, it is OK."
    'it' in the above sentence refers to the whole 'if-clause'.

    2. It is true that the earth is round.
    Here "It" is used as a 'preparatory subject'.


    B. Is there any difference between "1(if)" and "2(if)"?
    Yes, in my humble opinion.

    1. It is ok if you make some mistakes.
    Please see above.

    2. I wonder if it's true.
    Here 'if' is similar in meaning to 'whether'.

    Hello, wowenglish.
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    Please wait for other (native speakers') opinions.
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 17-Sep-2012 at 18:42.

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