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    Question Another usage of "if"?

    Hello dear teachers and members.


    I was watching a movie and the scene was something like this:


    there was one bird inside a book store in a cage and two birds out of the store. Two birds wanted to tease the bird inside. One of them said: "Well, well, if it isn't my favorite nerd bird."


    In this sentence there is no condition, so I think "if" has another meaning in this sentence. Could you please explain this usage to me?


    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Another usage of "if"?

    Quote Originally Posted by itecompro View Post
    Hello dear teachers and members.


    I was watching a movie and the scene was something like this:


    there was one bird inside a book store in a cage and two birds out of the store. Two birds wanted to tease the bird inside. One of them said: "Well, well, if it isn't my favorite nerd bird."


    In this sentence there is no condition, so I think "if" has another meaning in this sentence. Could you please explain this usage to me?


    Thanks in advance.
    There are many uses for "if", I think this one comes closest to the meaning in your example: if conjunction (WHETHER) - definition in British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionary Online

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    Re: Another usage of "if"?

    Quote Originally Posted by itecompro View Post
    Hello dear teachers and members.


    I was watching a movie and the scene was something like this:


    there was one bird inside a book store in a cage and two birds out of the store. Two birds wanted to tease the bird inside. One of them said: "Well, well, if it isn't my favorite nerd bird."


    In this sentence there is no condition, so I think "if" has another meaning in this sentence. Could you please explain this usage to me?


    Thanks in advance.
    "Well, if it isn't.........." is a common collocation (occasionally/usually followed by a sarcastic name/term for an individual, as in you example [nerd])"

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