if Definition

  • 1introducing a conditional clause
  • 2used to speculate about something that might happen or be true

Using if: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "if" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    If it rains, we'll stay inside.

  • Example

    I wonder if he'll come to the party tonight.

  • Example

    If I were you, I'd take that job offer.

  • Example

    If only I had more time to finish this project.

if Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for if

Phrases with if

  • used to introduce a suggestion or idea, often one that is unlikely or hypothetical


    What if we quit our jobs and traveled the world?

  • if and when

    used to indicate that something will happen at an unspecified future time


    If and when we have enough money saved up, we'll buy a house.

  • used to suggest that something is less likely than something else


    If anything, I think she's more likely to say no than yes.


Summary: if in Brief

The conjunction 'if' [ɪf] introduces a conditional clause or is used to speculate about something that might happen or be true. It is commonly used in everyday conversation and writing, as in 'If it rains, we'll stay inside.' 'If' can also be used in phrases like 'what if' to introduce hypothetical ideas.

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