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    only if and even if for all conditionals

    Dear all,

    Is it true that only if and even if can be used for all conditionals (
    first, second, and third conditional ) ?

    http://www.grammaring.com/only-if
    http://www.grammaring.com/even-if

    I never come across this kind pattern

    Would you mind giving some examples with '' only if and even if '' second and third conditionals

    Is it natural English ?

    Many thanks

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    Re: only if and even if for all conditionals

    Quote Originally Posted by duiter View Post
    Is it true that only if and even if can be used for all conditionals ? Only if appropriate to what you want to say.

    I have never come across this kind of pattern

    Would you mind giving some examples with '' only if and even if '' second and third conditionals

    Is it natural English ? Yes, but the meanings are different.
    I would go to the beach even if it rained.
    I would # reconsider my decision only if she grovelled.

    I would have gone to the beach even if it had rained.
    I would # have reconsidered my decision only if she had grovelled.

    Although these sentences are correct, many people would place only where I have the #.

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