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    #1

    if only

    Hello,
    Are both sentences grammatically correct for zero conditional:
    You can take photos in museums if you don't use a flash.
    You can take photos in museums only if you don't use a flash.

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    Re: if only

    They're both OK.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: if only

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    They're both OK.
    Yes, of course, but what do they have to do with zero conditional (if anything)?


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    Re: if only

    The zero conditional refers to things which are generally true. I would say that "If you use flash, you can take photos in museums" is a general truth. I have simply reversed the order of the clauses.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: if only

    The OP may be interested in the following idiom.
    as/so long as

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    ── quoted from http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...g_2#long_2__61

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