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    Question if only ???

    THERE is nothing more frustrating than turning on to a motorway and getting stuck in a traffic jam that stretches into the distance. Why did the radio and the motorway-entry sign offer no warning? The satellite-navigation system shows a different route—once you get to the next exit. But it leads through the middle of a town and could be heavily congested, if only because other drivers are taking the same detour. Perhaps it is wiser to stay on the motorway and hope for the best? ---- from eoconomist
    if only because other drivers are taking the same detour. what does "if only" in this sentence mean? thank you!

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    Re: if only ???

    Quote Originally Posted by jesson cui View Post
    THERE is nothing more frustrating than turning on to a motorway and getting stuck in a traffic jam that stretches into the distance. Why did the radio and the motorway-entry sign offer no warning? The satellite-navigation system shows a different route—once you get to the next exit. But it leads through the middle of a town and could be heavily congested, if only because other drivers are taking the same detour. Perhaps it is wiser to stay on the motorway and hope for the best? ---- from eoconomist



    if only because other drivers are taking the same detour. what does "if only" in this sentence mean? thank you!
    "if only" has two definitions:
    I) used to express a strong wish, especially when you know that what you want cannot happen; or
    II) used to give a reason for something, although you think it is not a good one.
    Which one do you think fit?
    (Not a teacher)

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