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    Usage of if

    If we are doing fairly well in this time of recession, it's because of the Left.

    Can someone please tell me if the above sentence sounds natural?

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    Re: Usage of if

    Quote Originally Posted by daemon99 View Post
    If we are doing fairly well in this time of recession, it's because of the Left.

    Can someone please tell me if the above sentence sounds natural?
    Yes, it does.

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    Re: Usage of if

    Thanks a lot, Raymott.

    Can you please tell me if the following sentences sound natural?

    If I know what a true relationship means, it's because of you.
    If I know what a true relationship means, it will be because of you.

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    Re: Usage of if

    Quote Originally Posted by daemon99 View Post
    Thanks a lot, Raymott.

    Can you please tell me if the following sentences sound natural?

    If I know what a true relationship means, it's because of you.
    If I ever
    know learn/find out what a true relationship means, it will be because of you.
    These sound strange because you're saying; "I'm not sure if know, but if I do, it's because of you". The second one is worse.
    The corrected sentences are grammatical, but the usage is questionable.
    These sound better (to me):
    You are helping me discover what a true relationship is.
    It's because of you that I'm learning what a true relationship is.
    If I'm finding out what a true relationship means, it's because of you.


    You can use "ever" to put an expression like this into the future.
    If I ever go to Tahiti, it will mean I've won the lotto.

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