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  1. vaibhavmaskar
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    so if meaning

    1. So if someone tells you, 'Look, the Messiah is out in the desert,'


    2. So if love is a chess game, check mate.

    What is the meaning of "so if"?

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    Re: so if meaning

    "So if" means "supposing the following conditional assertion is true, then".

    The assertion may or may not be true. For example, I might say 'Look, the Messiah is out in the desert'; therefore you should drink this poisoned Koolaid."

    I might be right or I might be wrong.
    Last edited by probus; 23-Mar-2014 at 04:56.

  3. vaibhavmaskar
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    Re: so if meaning

    Is this a similar meaning with "if anything"?

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    Re: so if meaning

    In both cases you could remove so, but I agree with Probus- the intended meaning is like supposing. The first example is incomplete as it doesn't tell us what we should do if someone tells us this..

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    Re: so if meaning

    It doesn't mean the same as "if anything".

    John: Sarah is a good singer.
    James: She is NOT a good singer. If anything, she's completely tone deaf!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  6. vaibhavmaskar
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    Re: so if meaning

    "So if someone tells you, 'Look, the Messiah is out in the desert,' don't. bother to go and look.- first complete sentence.

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