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The situation is, if anything, worsening rather than improving.
If anything, we have too much food rather than too little.
I can't understand the meaning of 'if anything', although I looked in many dictionaries.
Can you explain it to me easily?
if you take a look at your sentences you may be able to get an idea of what 'if anything' means. Both sentences are making opposing statements to a suggested fact.
In sentence one, clearly a suggestion has been made prior to the sentence that the situation is improving but the speaker wants to state that he believes that either the opposite is in fact true or at the very least, there is no change to the situation i.e. "if there is any change at all to the situation, it is in fact getting worse and not improving"
Another topical example from the news today:
Researchers at a university in the UK say that the world is getting warmer. Our statistics show that, if anything, average temperatures are decreasing.
Hope this helps,
Last edited by dltc; 12-Feb-2010 at 13:39.
Last edited by 2006; 11-Feb-2010 at 19:35.
You mean like ..
"While our hope is that the situation would improve soon, it is, if anything, getting worse."
.. yes, that works too.