Student or Learner
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 17:10.