[Grammar] if+ adj.

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

If= although?
 

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

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

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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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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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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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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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