"He is a real gentleman,____ a little pompous at times." (but/ whether/if/however).
I chose but. Is this the right choice?
I also think that is a difference between connectives and conjunction.
Because of the "comma" in front of the blank, I'd like to choose "however" instead of "but" for showing contrast.
He is a real gentleman but a little pompous at times. or
He is a real gentleman, but he is a little pompous at times. or
He is a real gentleman; however, he is a little pompous at times.
I hope this helps.
In this context, 'if' means
"despite being a little pompous...
"although perhaps a little pompous...
The writer is asserting the man is 'a real gentleman'...and this is despite being/even though he is a little pompous.
"She was honest, if a little brutal."
Last edited by David L.; 17-Jun-2009 at 06:54.
1. She was honest, if a little brutal.
2. She's a good mother, if (she is) a little over-protective.
The "if" here is the same thing as that of #1, isn't it?