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    Default If=Although

    One usage of "if" is that it can be used as "although"/"albeit"/"even though" and it often comes before adjectives and adverbs:

    She is pretty, if (although) a little bit brutal.

    He works conscientiously, if (although) slowly.

    To a certain extent it actually confuses me. I wonder if "if" can mean "although", does that mean I can replace "although" in common contrasting statement like this:

    If (to replace "although) he is popular, he does not have a girlfriend.

    She is good at Maths, if (to replace "although") she is bad in English.

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    Default Re: If=Although

    No.

    The use of if to mean although is not very common, and is certainly wrong in those sentences.

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    Default Re: If=Although

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    No.

    The use of if to mean although is not very common, and is certainly wrong in those sentences.
    So, does it mean "if=although" is just limited to the type of sentence i quoted at the beginning? i.e. She is pretty, if (although) a little bit brutal.

    And in sentences other than this kind, if still means if but not although. Am I correct?

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    Default Re: If=Although

    Quote Originally Posted by kachibi View Post
    So, does it mean "if=although" is just limited to the type of sentence i quoted at the beginning? i.e. She is pretty, if (although) a little bit brutal.

    And in sentences other than this kind, if still means if but not although. Am I correct?
    Yes, that is correct.

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