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