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    paula is offline Junior Member
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    Default help! about "if clause"

    hello,

    In the sentence"

    It would be much nicer if I could go with you.

    S V SC real S.

    In terms of grammar, the real subject of the sentence is "if...you", right?
    so, "if... you" is a noun clause instead of a adverb clause, right?

    Thanks !

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    Ikia is offline Newbie
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    Default Re: help! about "if clause"

    Adverb clauses are adverb clauses whether they come at the beginning of a sentence or at the end.

    If I could go with you, it would be nicer.

    It would be nicer if i could go with you.

    Let's try to identify "it." That's the subject.

    The trip would be nicer if I could go with you.
    If I could go with you, the trip would be nicer.

    Many of us use "it" too much. I'll often go back into my writing and substitute what I actually mean for the "it." IT makes the writing more clear.

    Ikia

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