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    if+ adj.

    The most likely, if unproven, explanation is that dogs depend on their sense of sight.

    If= although?
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    Re: if+ adj.

    No. "If" is unsure. "Although" means fact.

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    Re: if+ adj.

    Quote Originally Posted by RobertJ View Post
    Precede the 'if' with 'even', as in 'even if' and the equals sign will hold. As written? Not quite.
    why don't people write "even if" but "if"?
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    Re: if+ adj.

    Quote Originally Posted by Maybo View Post
    The most likely, if unproven, explanation is that dogs depend on their sense of sight.

    If= although?
    Does that come from The Economist? If so, if means "although".
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    Re: if+ adj.

    The Economist has a particular, distinctive style, including using if where many writers would use although or though.
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    Re: if+ adj.

    It's not from The Economist. So,it can be "even if " or "although"?
    Does "if unproven" simply mean "it is unproven"?
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    Re: if+ adj.

    Quote Originally Posted by Maybo View Post
    why don't people write "even if" but "if"?
    People do write "even if". The author of this particular article chose to use "if".

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    Re: if+ adj.

    Quote Originally Posted by Maybo View Post
    It's not from The Economist. So,it can be "even if " or "although"?
    Does "if unproven" simply mean "it is unproven"?
    You should read post 2 and 3 again.

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    Re: if+ adj.

    Quote Originally Posted by Maybo View Post
    It's not from The Economist. So,it can be "even if " or "although"?
    Does "if unproven" simply mean "it is unproven"?
    The author could have written though or although. "It is unproven" would not work there.
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