Ask if he plans to come to the meeting.
If I come, I'll see him; if I were you, I wouldn't do that.
He was a great friend, if a little stingy at the bar.
An example of if is someone saying they'll go to the beach when the sun shines.
There will be no ifs, ands, or buts in this matter.
Ask him if he knows her.
If A, then B, else C.
If they had only come earlier!
If I were to go, I would be late.
If that is true, what should we do?
She will play the piano only if she is paid.
I'd prefer it if you took your shoes off.
I don't know if I want to go or not.
It is a handsome if useless trinket.
An athlete with few, if any, peers.
If she was there, I didn't see her.
An engaging, if clumsy, story line.
A clause filled with ifs.
Other Word Forms
Origin of if
- Middle English from Old English gif i- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English yif, yef, from Old English ġif, ġef (“if; whether, though”), from Proto-Germanic *jabai (“when, if”), from Proto-Indo-European *e-, *ē- (“then, at that time”). Cognate with Scots gif (“if, whether”), West Frisian oft (“whether”), Dutch of (“or, whether, but”), Middle Low German ef (“if, whether”), German ob (“if, whether”), Icelandic ef, if (“if”).