Subordinate Conjunction : Using If with an interesting example

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Use of Subordinate Conjunction If and its meaning

If we hadn’t invented subordinate conjunctions, we wouldn’t have conditional language. Just as, if we never found fire, we wouldn’t know the sweet taste of BBQ(barbecue). Or even worse, we would eat raw meat. 

It’s no puzzle, the * holds the place of an omitted “if.”  And, “if” is the hinge of today’s lesson.

It’s a word that means: in case that; granting or supposing that; on condition that.

The Subordinate Conjunction “if”, like all other conjunctions, links two clauses together. One of the clauses is a complete idea whereas the other is incomplete.

For example in the sentence: “If mankind never found fire, we would eat raw food.”

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The word “if” and a comma divides the sentence into unequal but grammatically correct elements.

For clarity, the sentence could be written like this: 

“We would eat raw food if mankind never found fire.” 

without changing the meaning. Everything following “if” is still an incomplete idea. 

For example, you will never hear a native English speaker saying “if we never found fire.” There must be the main clause. 

Examples of the Subordinate Conjunction If

  1. If he needs help, he will call you. 

2. Tara would travel around the world if she won the lottery. 

3. If they had woken up earlier, they never would have been late. 

Let’s practice 

Q1: Try making your own sentence. 

Q2: What would you do if you won the lottery? 

Q3:  If you had an extra hour every day, what would you do with it? 

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