Modes of Expressing A Condition in English Grammar



Modes of Expressing A Condition in English Grammar :



These may be summed up as follows. But they are not all equally suitable for the same context.

(a) By the Conjunction IF or UNLESS

1. I would do this if you allowed me.
2. I will do this if you allow or will allow me.
3. I will not do this unless you allow me.

(b) By a Conjunctive phrase

1. I will start at once in case I should be delayed on the road.
2. But that he is in poor health, he would invite us to stay with him.
3. If he were not in poor health, he would invite us to stay with him.

(c) By an Absolute Participle used as a Conjunction

1. Supposing you could have your choice, where would you prefer to live?
2. Provided that you consent, I will take a few days' leave next week.
3. Provided you consent, I will take a few days' leave next week.

(d) By an Imperative sentence coupled with an Assertive one

1. Take care of the pence, and the pounds will take care of themselves.
2. Give us the tools and we will finish the job.

(e) By the Conjunction IF understood

1. Had he met me, he would have known me.
2. If he had met me, he would have known me.
3. Should he meet me, he would know me.
4. Should you feel ill, you can leave off work.
5. Were my father here, he would confirm what I say.

(f) By the Preposition BUT followed by a phrase as Object

1. But for your help, I should have been ruined.
2. Except through your help, I should have been ruined.
3. If it had not been for your help, I should have been ruined.

(g) By an Interrogative sentence, followed by an Imperative one

1. Have you paid your fare? Then come in.
2. Come in, if you have paid your fare.

(h) By the phrases one more, a few more, many more or by the word another

1. One more such loss and we are ruined.
2. If we suffer one more such loss, we are ruined.
3. A few more such losses and we are ruined.
4. Many more such losses and we are ruined.
5. Another such loss and we are ruined.

(i) By the phrase WERE TO preceded by IF

1. If he were to see me, he would know me at once.

Few More Examples :

1. Are you not tired of doing nothing? Then begin at once to teach your younger brothers.

2. One more word and I will send you out of the room.

3. Supposing the house catches fire, we have plenty of water to extinguish the flames.

4. Had you been more careful, such a calamity would not have befallen us.

5. But for your interference, everything would have gone smoothly.

6. If I were to pay you what you deserve, you would get nothing.

7. If you persevere, you will succeed in the end.

8. You may have this book on condition that you return it within a week.

9. Provided we are all agreed, the resolution can be passed at once.

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