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    Smile can "if" be used in an incomplete sentence?

    Like "my future plan if I can return to US". Is this clause right?
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    re: can "if" be used in an incomplete sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by victor su View Post
    Like "my future plan if I can return to US". Is this clause right?
    Thank you.
    No, this clause does not transmit its intended meaning
    "my future plan of returning to the US" will work, but it may or may not mean the same thing as the phrase you posted. The meaning of that phrase is hard to determine.

    I'm not sure that the problem concerns using "if" in clauses. "If" is often used to open a dependent clause:
    > "If I return to the US, . . . "

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann1977 View Post
    No, this clause does not transmit its intended meaning
    "my future plan of returning to the US" will work, but it may or may not mean the same thing as the phrase you posted. The meaning of that phrase is hard to determine.

    I'm not sure that the problem concerns using "if" in clauses. "If" is often used to open a dependent clause:
    > "If I return to the US, . . . "
    Thank you. what I was trying to express is something like "if I can return to the US, my future plans would be like this...... But I wanna do it as a subtitle (an incomplete sentence) which guides the passage that follows. So could you think you any other way to say it?

    Something like "my future plan in US pending the fact that I can return to it" sounds pretty awkward or not right to me. tks.

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    re: can "if" be used in an incomplete sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by victor su View Post
    Thank you. what I was trying to express is something like "if I can return to the US, my future plans would be like this...... But I wanna do it as a subtitle (an incomplete sentence) which guides the passage that follows. So could you think you any other way to say it?

    Something like "my future plan in US pending the fact that I can return to it" sounds pretty awkward or not right to me. tks.
    As a subtitle, you can use it:
    ...
    If I return to the US
    If I can return to the US, my future plans would be like this......

    or
    If I could return to the US

    "If I can return to the US" doesn't sound good.

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    re: can "if" be used in an incomplete sentence?

    It sounds okay down here.

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    #6

    re: can "if" be used in an incomplete sentence?

    Perhaps:
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    My plans to return the US
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    In any case, what should determine the use of a subtltle is relevancy. In other words, what follows the subtitle should have some connection to it.




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    re: can "if" be used in an incomplete sentence?

    The problem here is not grammatical. The subtitle is not intended to be anything more than a title -- not a sentence.

    Victor, I think the problem is lack of clarity in expressing your meaning.

    In the event I return to the US

    If I return to the US

    If I should return to the US

    Provided I return to the US

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann1977 View Post
    The problem here is not grammatical. The subtitle is not intended to be anything more than a title -- not a sentence.

    Victor, I think the problem is lack of clarity in expressing your meaning.

    In the event I return to the US

    If I return to the US

    If I should return to the US

    Provided I return to the US

    Sorry, I should have given more information.

    The "plan" indicates the "study plan" here. I was trying to say that if I can go back to the college in US, my study plan there would be like this...
    I am trying to use a subtitle for this passage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    It sounds okay down here.
    you mean "my study plan if I can return to the US" is acceptable?

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    #10

    re: can "if" be used in an incomplete sentence?

    So far, yes. But that doesn't mean the other part you write with it will be correct.

    "Doing an M.A. in Chinese literature is my study plan if I can return to the US."

    That would be acceptable.

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