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    Vibovit is offline Junior Member
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    "Interesting if pretentious" and the like

    Hello
    my question refers to phrases such as
    "interesting if pretentious"
    "great, if expensive"
    etc.

    They sound a bit paradoxical to me, but I obviously take them as ellipsis:

    "interesting, if pretentious" = "interesting [even] if pretentious"

    The question is - do the sentences above mean exactly the same?
    Or does skipping "even" alter the meaning somehow.

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    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
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    Re: "Interesting if pretentious" and the like

    There is no change in meaning.

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    Re: "Interesting if pretentious" and the like

    or
    if ='despite being'

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