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    if you will

    i have read a lot books and found this " if you will" even on tv when i am watching the news the anchors always use this.
    If you can give me a definition and little explanation how to use in a sentence
    would be fantastic.
    thanks everyone.

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    Re: if you will

    'If you will' is used as a way of making a concession in a sentence: He wasn't a very honest person, a liar if you will. Here, it is used a way of accepting that the reader or listener might think of the person as a liar, but without commit the writer or speaker to that position fully.

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    Re: if you will

    Quote Originally Posted by English70 View Post
    i have read a lot books and found this " if you will" even on tv when i am watching the news the anchors always use this.
    If you can give me a definition and little explanation how to use in a sentence
    would be fantastic.
    thanks everyone.
    Although you have presented the phrase out of context, I will assume it is used after a statement such as, "The company has been negligent, if you will, when it comes to providing a safe environment for its workers." In this case it means "if you agree" that it was negligent.

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    Re: if you will

    Of course it depends on the context, but generally "if you will" conveys the idea of "digamos assim," "se vocÍ preferir," or "se vocÍ quiser."

    In both examples provided by billmcd and OPENED EYES "digamos assim" works fine.

    You may also use this expression in situations which you are not completely sure of your statement, you are constructing the reasoning while speaking, so you need the listener's help or agreement. Like for instance "Let x be a integer, a real number if you will, then it admits an additive inverse." In this last example "digamos assim" does not work, but rather "se vocÍ preferir."

    You may post a couple of examples from the books you've read if you wish.

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    Re: if you will

    Quote Originally Posted by English70 View Post
    i have read a lot books and found this " if you will" even on tv when i am watching the news the anchors always use this.
    If you can give me a definition and little explanation how to use in a sentence
    would be fantastic.
    thanks everyone.
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    (1) One expert (Mr. Bryan A. Garner) says that if you will

    is a short way to say:

    if you will allow me to use the phrase.

    (2) For example, I read this sentence in a popular American

    magazine:

    the workings of history -- or, if you will, of God's providence.

    In other words:

    Everything that happens is the result of history (luck, fate, destiny), or (if

    will allow me to use the phrase) the result of God's providence (will).

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    #6

    Re: if you will

    It's also a very polite way to say "Please."

    If you will wait here for a moment, I'll get Mr. Smith. (Please wait here.)
    If you will direct your attention to the monitors, the safety video will start momentarily. (Please look at the monitors.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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