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    'only if' in conditionals

    Hi guys. First of all, I'd like to say hello to all of you, as it is my very first post here.

    I am considering two sentences like these:
    I will only stay home if it rains.
    I will stay home only if it rains.
    Are both these sentences correct and equal in meaning? My textbook uses only the first version, but somehow the second one sounds more natural to me.

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    Re: 'only if' in conditionals

    Welcome to the forum, Iorweth.

    I prefer the second version, but the first is commonly used.

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    Re: 'only if' in conditionals

    Would the second suggest that the speaker will never stay home when it doesn't rain, even at late night?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: 'only if' in conditionals

    Only more context can tell us what time the speaker is talking about.
    Last edited by Piscean; 31-Jul-2015 at 20:36. Reason: typo

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    Re: 'only if' in conditionals

    You can also say, 'Only if it rains will I stay home".

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    Re: 'only if' in conditionals

    I'm surprised there's a textbook which deals only with the first construction. The second is generally seen as the most grammatical (if such a thing is possible) with the first being an accepted construction.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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