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    Smile So if need be,

    Life is so full-on that sometimes there isn't any time to sort out the little problems, and before you know it, they've grown into giant problems. So if need be, go to a counselor and let him or her help you out.



    Is it identical to say "So if there is need/necessity" instead of th bolded part? What kind of construction is "So if need be?" Where is this construction derived from? Thanks.


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    Re: So if need be,

    You are right! This construction is a conjunction that people use to give an optional consequence. Such as, "if the need arises" or "if you need to" do such and such, since it CAN help you with sorting the little problems so that the big problems don't arise.

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    Re: So if need be,

    Quote Originally Posted by ilubgogi View Post
    You are right! This construction is a conjunction that people use to give an optional consequence. Such as, "if the need arises" or "if you need to" do such and such, since it CAN help you with sorting the little problems so that the big problems don't arise.
    Thanks, ilub.
    Got it.

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