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    if anything

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am with the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    "I know why you invited me. Because your father likes me. "
    "How wrong you are. If anything, that would have kept me from inviting you." (J. O'Hara, "Elizabeth Appleton" )

    if anything = if you want to know

    Miss Balaifal's voice was, if anything, not impressive. (W Saroyan, "My Name is Aram" )

    "I'm no help at all." Miss Cranshaw said.
    "If anything, I antagonize everybody who might otherwise be likely to put money in the play. (W. Saroyan, "Mama, I Love You")

    if anything = rather

    The weather forecast is not for cooler weather; if anything, it is expected to be warmer.

    Joe isn't a bad boy. If anything he's a pretty good one.

    if anything = more likely; instead;

    If anything, you ought to apologize

    Not a single restaurant has failed as a result of the smoking ban. If anything, their business increases.

    if anything = on the contrary even

    If anything, they aren't critical enough.

    If anything, we have too much food rather than too little.

    if anything = if at all; if in any degree

    Thanks for your efforts.


    Last edited by vil; 26-Nov-2010 at 18:10.

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      • Malaysia
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    • Join Date: May 2010
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