Adjective "ifs" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


(introducing a conditional clause) on the condition or supposition that; in the event that.
  1. 'if you like I'll put in a word for you'
  2. 'If you like, I’ll come to Singapore with Sarah.'
  3. 'If we had finished it before we went on the tour, I think it would have been a much better record.'
  4. 'if I go out she gets nasty'
Despite the possibility that; no matter whether.
  1. 'I'm gonna learn to dance if it takes me all night and day.'
(often used in indirect questions) whether.
  1. 'I wonder if she noticed'
  2. 'See if you can track down their owners and ask for a tour.'
Expressing a polite request.
  1. 'if you wouldn't mind giving him a message?'
  2. 'If I could trouble you to try a little exercise, it will help to elucidate.'
Expressing an opinion.
  1. 'if you ask me, he's in love'
  2. 'If you don't mind my saying so, this conversation is getting a little strange.'
Expressing surprise or regret.
  1. 'Nothing like a friendly reminder at the end of the week that I would be very lucky if I could just be left alone to do my work.'
(with implied reservation) and perhaps not.
  1. 'Many libraries have little if any control over their patrons.'
  2. '‘We both saw him.’ ‘So what if you did?’'
  3. 'So what if he did - it's none of your business anyway.'
  4. 'Domino is a well-paced action movie, if a little long, with an unusual feeling of surrealism behind the action.'


A condition or supposition.
  1. 'Yet another may allow that torture is justified for another set of ifs.'
  2. 'No ifs or buts about the merits of the Dubs victory, although the margin of it, nine points, scarcely did justice to Waterford's brave effort.'
  3. 'These are big ifs and you don't have to believe in chaos theory to see that the economic consequences of what happened yesterday could be severe.'
  4. 'When a great new revolutionary idea hits the public, there are always doubters, raising niggling ifs and buts.'
  5. 'But frankly, that is more ifs than can be found in a Kipling poem.'
  6. 'It allows one to put out misleading simplifications as long as the caveats, ifs and buts are buried somewhere in the detailed material.'
  7. 'There were no mights, no ifs, no buts, no doubts, no qualifications.'
  8. 'But if - if - and these are giant ifs, put them in italics because it's great uncertainty.'
  9. 'With ifs and buts about almost everything else in the race Castleruanna is the ideal start to your betting weekend.'
  10. 'And Graham had no ifs, ands or buts about what he thought, and that's what I was hoping Kerry would speak to.'

Intermediate frequency.

    More definitions

    1. in case that; granting or supposing that; on condition that: Sing if you want to. Stay indoors if it rains. I'll go if you do.

    2. even though: an enthusiastic if small audience.

    3. whether: He asked if I knew Spanish.

    4. (used to introduce an exclamatory phrase): If only Dad could see me now!

    5. when or whenever: If it was raining, we had to play inside. noun

    6. a supposition; uncertain possibility: The future is full of ifs.

    7. a condition, requirement, or

    More examples(as adjective)

    "butses can be ifs."

    "offers can be ifs."

    "newses can be ifs."

    "andses can be ifs."


    (if)Old English gif, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch of and German ob.


    if and only if
    if and when
    if anything
    if I were you
    if not
    if only
    if so